The most talked about new feature to come out of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean has to be Google Now, Google’s answer to the virtual personal assistant craze. Unfortunately, there’s only a couple of devices officially capable of running Jelly Bean and using Google Now at the moment, and outside of officially-updated devices, only those who have rooted their devices and have a passion for tinkering have gained unofficial access to the service.
That’s all about to change, and it’s going to get a lot easier to get Google Now on your rooted Android smartphone. Over on the XDA forums, two flashable .zip files have been made available that bring Google Now to a wide range of Ice Cream Sandwich powered Android devices. One version of the flashable .zip features the entire Google Now experience, offline dictation and all, and one version is a little stripped down, doing away with offline dictation to save on precious /system memory space.
The requirements for running this ported version of Google Now couldn’t be simpler. You must have an ARMv7 device, be rooted, be running ClockWorkMod Recovery and have Ice Cream Sandwich.
With all of the ICS ROMs available now, the list of compatible devices is monstrous.