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Video: First Look at the New Google Voice Search and Google Now in Jelly Bean


If you watched the Google I/O keynote from today, then you were probably as blown away as we were with their new Voice Search and Google Now offerings. The Voice Search now responds back to you, provides you with cards that have direct results for what you were looking for, and eventually learns your search patterns so that current and relevant information is always ready.

After spending a few minutes with it, we can easily say that we are impressed. It returned exactly what we were looking for, with the majority of searches coming via cards that are visually appealing. As this new Google Now and Voice Search continues to grow, this may be very useful. Unfortunately for most, this is a Jelly Bean feature that you may not see for a while.

  • John

    Does anyone have the tones the new Google Search uses when finding & when found a query?

  • Tark12

    Did you guys realize how flawlessly that was working in that really loud room? Siri would have heard a thousand words coming in. I want JB now!

  • DrewBox

    After seeing this I’m so pumped to get my gs3. I just got off the phone with a Verizon tech guy and he told me it probably will be the first vzw phone with jelly bean. He said he’s even seen it already XD

    • jaxxmjd

      Don’t take too much stock in what a Verizon “tech” says. They often know less than their customers. I’m sure there will be plenty of JB ROMs available long before the GS3 gets JB (hint, there’s already at least 1 available for the VZW G-Nex).

  • You forgot to ask it if it was raining outside…

  • bizarospeak

    I haven’t even got ICS yet and theres already a new OS? WTF, Verizon?!

  • Tyler Cunning

    I wonder will the samsung galaxy note beable to get atleast a custom rom of jelly bean, because i’m pretty sure AT&T isn’t gonna upgrade the note

    • Jon

      Yes of course it will. There are devs that brought Ice Cream Sandwich to the Original Droid. Rest assured that they will bring Jelly Bean to the Note and S III in fairly short order.

  • Faster, quieter, better. Sorry Siri, no one actually wants to talk to you and your silly little apple engineer out LOUD answers (except at parties to see what funny answers those engineers came up with :/ )… But what we do want is something faster, quieter, better… voila, google does it again. I have already been talking to my phone for years to get answers via google searches and this just 1 ups it.

  • andrew galvin

    wow it looks awesome!!!

  • I wonder if it will understand if I say ” Where the hell am I” lol

    • Allen Byrd

      xD Funniest thing I’ve read all day.

  • Acid’sMark

    That Voice search has got to be the fastest results I have seen out of all the voice assistance. S-Voice takes forever, Siri is quicker than S-Voice, and the other jumble of assistance can be quick but nothing like that demo…

    • Jon

      Somewhere down deep inside, I think that the S III may get Jelly Bean even before my pre-order is available from Verizon.

      via custom Rom support of course.

  • HAHA.

  • what phones will have jelly bean available?

  • Baker

    Most likely what will happen with the way Verizon has worked in the past. Gnex GSM update July…… LTE December 2014.

  • Hunter N.

    Hopefully once the GSIII is updated to JB, S-Voice will disappear and be replaced with this!

    • MrWicket

      doubt it.. Sammy put too much money into it to ditch it. Good news is that it would more than likely also have this since it’s just the Google search app. Can’t imagine they’d remove something.

      • Jon

        yeah they can’t remove it. It’s part of the OS.

  • Ah yes, I rmember 2010 like it was yesterday.

  • nightscout13

    hey guys, can you secretly upload the System Image???

    • Second

    • rlorenz

      Hey, you guys go on ahead, I just need to do something over here for about twenty minutes… lol


    My biggest gripe with Siri? it talks back yo you. I like Google’s approach with the cards much better. Still probably won’t use it unless I’m driving and need to do something hands-free or something, but I like how it’s executed here.

  • Brien Gerber

    Seems to be A LOT faster than Siri. Google does it again.

    • Jigga_Z

      The voice is much more natural too!

      • Sarcasstic Ashole

        What voice…

        • Jigga_Z

          The read-back voice from the voice search 😛

  • tvjrc603

    Yes, but how does John Malkovich like it?

  • Falcon34

    I just want to know how soon the development community will get their hands on jelly bean so I can have it on my Gnex… since Verizon will make sure I don’t get it for 6-9 months.

    • Jigga_Z

      The phones being handed out at I/O to devs have it pre-loaded, I believe. We should have it in no time!

      • Jon

        Well….those are GSM unlocked phones. The Verizon CDMA version is not controlled directly by Google as everyone has seen with the delay in getting the last update to the Nexus on Verizon as compared to when Google released the update for the GSM unlocked version.

        Your gonna be able to get it very quickly if you root your phone and load a custom ROM. Your gonna have to wait a while if your waiting on Verizon to deliver it.

        Verizon really destroyed the whole idea of the Nexus line. A sad shame.

    • In case you weren’t tuned in to the Day 1 Keynote… Jelly Bean 4.1 SDK is available TODAY. So ROMs should start popping up in under 2 weeks, maybe even 1 week, especially AOSP ROMs. I’m sure CM9 would take a little longer, which is leaving me with the dilemma of whether or not I should wipe my G-Nex for AOSP since I’m running CM9 RC1.

      • While the SDK may be available, source won’t be pushed to AOSP until sometime in July, as said in the keynote, and even then it will take a while to integrate the new framework with all the current tweaks AOKP and CM have added to ICS; although you could see a fully barebones stock build within one day of the push to AOSP. The SDK is for building apps using the new APIs like the new notifications, and updating existing ones for use with JB. While a ‘rom’, using the term loosely here, has been built from SDK before (I believe it was r2doesinc with either the ICS or GB SDK), it’s basically an unusable piece that in no way would reflect the quality of JB.

  • MKader17

    I wonder how long it will take for the S3 to get JB. I am considering selling my pre-order and keeping my Galaxy Nexus if I’ll have to wait a long time for JB. Hopefully the S3 dev community will be able to port it to the device quickly.

    • Jon

      Well…consider this. Do you have a GSM version of the Galaxy Nexus? If not then Verizon is still going to take months to get Jelly Bean pushed out to the CDMA Galaxy Nexus.

      If you are comfortable rooting your phone and installing ROMs, then I would say that keeping your Verizon Galaxy Nexus would be the best thing to do to get Jelly Bean the fastest.

      I’m not cancelling my pre-order for the S III from Verizon. I will have to probably wait a few more weeks till after the Gnex gets Jelly Bean, but I’m going to root and install a ROM on my phone on day one anyway. So as soon as someone gets Jelly Bean to the S III, I will be there. This does mean that I would be sacrificing all of the cool things that Samsung has laid on top of Android, like the feature that watches your eyes and keeps the screen on. I would gladly give up all of Samsungs tweaks for Jelly Bean features though.

  • Aaron Burroughs

    Google has really bested apple in every way in the software department by far, makeing ICS trully look like a very beautiful beta test for things to come, and IOS6 look like like an exspansive bug fix. Please please Please let VZW get Jelly bean by the end of the year

  • Liderc

    Looks very fluid and simplistic.

  • MKader17

    I love how Google did this. It’s not a Siri competitor because it is in a whole new realm. I don’t need my phone to act like its my friend, I just want the information. These cards are perfect and give the information you need. It reminds me a lot of how voice actions work. It does what it needs too with out a bunch of extra fluff.

    • yep, faster, quieter, better.. if you ask me, Apple is insane with the Sam Jackson and Malcovitch commercials…nobody, I mean nobody wants to talk to a non self aware Siri, her canned answers of what apple engineers thought were funny and the rest just being wolfram alpha. Slower, louder, worse…

      Now if she was self aware and hot, that would be a totally different story!

  • Can’t wait to flash a Jelly Bean ROM on my GNex!

    • I cant wait either

    • possomcrast1

      I’m wondering how long it will take…

    • Jigga_Z

      For the non-VZW Nexus, Koush already has it available in ROM Manager 🙂

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    Verizon, please please PLEASE update my Galaxy Nexus in a timely manner.

    • omar lopez

      I no longer relay on Verizon for updates cause they suck big ones!!! Make flash available soon please!

    • Mike Hale

      LMAO… keep dreaming man. Didnt you JUST get ICS? #dontholdurbreath

      • Kazahani

        Um the GNex launched with ICS…

      • galaxy nexus was released with ICS.

        • Allen Byrd

          Everyone, I think he was talking about 4.0.4.

      • Futbolrunner


  • I’m really hoping for Siri Proxy functionality. Custom voice commands that can execute functions on my home network. Hopefully Google gives us some sort of api for this.

    • Jon

      I’m curious if Jelly Bean is any smarter with creating calendar events via voice or any further expansion on tasks carried out by voice prompt.

  • Michael

    words can not describe how much I am looking forward to this!

  • KleenDroid


  • When is this coming to verizon galaxy nexus?

  • Awesome! Hope this actually comes out for the Verizon Nexus…..in a timely fashion……please?

    • Michael G

      Amen to that. I’m not getting my hopes up though considering how long it took them to update to 4.0.4.

      • KleenDroid

        4.03 and 4.04 were out very quickly and most were running it. But yes if you wait till the official release it will take a while.


    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      Troll harder.

    • Dan

      siris a lot slower IMO

    • MKader17

      Trying to set the record for most down votes on DL?

    • adjohn

      yeah, because Android phones haven’t had a voice feature for the past 3 years right?

    • Futbolrunner

      hahaha what a queer with his myspace mirror pose

    • Allen Byrd


  • Josh Flowers

    and now i’ve gotta sell all my DVD’s to scrounge up enough $ to pre-order this…then wait til it ships! the torture.

  • This was one of my new favorites features of JB.

  • Bionicman

    i cant wait to see the Siri/s voice/google now comparisons. should be interesting!

    • Allen Byrd

      What’s a Siri?

      • SarcasmSam

        It’s voice recognition software on Apple’s Iphone 4s

        • Allen Byrd

          What’s an Apple iPhone 4S?

          • vega25

            What is a Byrd? 😀

          • Allen Byrd

            What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me…

          • Dain Laguna

            oh man…this was a hearty lol

          • J C

            You haven’t heard?

    • possomcrast1

      Google already has better voice recognition it doesn’t take much to win with the beautiful interface they’ve created.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      I am sure someone will make some huge dumb infographic about it

    • Mack

      Same, and it looks like Google did what Apple thinks they’re famous for. Google waited and “did it right” and didn’t rush out a new feature. Plus you don’t have to listen to the phone constantly talk back at you. Can’t wait for JB.

      • steve30x

        Google always had this way before siri as far as voice actions since back in the OG droid days (2208) just that now its presented in a fancy information card which is nice IMO.

        • which is how the majority of people want their information, fast, quiet, correct. We talk to our phone because it is faster than typing and I have been doing this for 3 plus years with android.. and now the answer is blazing fast and easy to read.

          Why anyone wants it read alloud is beyond me.. well actually no one does, iSheep don’t even like Siri all that much!

        • so what is it like in 2208? is apple still a huge patent troll, or did they lose all 40 billion in court fees?

          • steve30x

            i mean 2008 😛

      • well to be fair to apple they bought siri in 2010 they def didn’t rush her lol it took them 2 years to pound out that loud, slow, annoying little assistant