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Google Search Receives Update to Version 3.1.8, Brings New Cards and GEL to Android 4.1+ Devices


Google Search received a big update this evening to version 3.1.8, bringing with it a gang of new features. The crown jewel for most users will be the ability to use the official Google Experience Launcher that comes stock on the Nexus 5, plus its always-listening search capabilities and fancy animations to boot. But keep in mind, you will also need to download the Home apk from the Nexus 5 dump for that feature to work. You can download the additional apk and sideload it right here

In terms of what’s new for Search, Google added in three new cards; Website Update card, News Topic card, and the What to Watch card. With the Website Update card, users can predetermine a blog they enjoy (like DL, for example), and choose to have updates from that site to appear inside of Google Now. The News Topic card brings user-selected category news right to Google Now, which allows users to see news from all around the web about content they like. Finally, the What to Watch card can give you recommendations for TV shows and Movies to watch if you and your loved one are planning a night at home.

The update also included a few other features and changes, which they have highlighted right below.

There are a few other great additions in Google Now with today’s update: you can see traffic incidents on your commute using real-time data from Waze, set repeat reminders, get real time scores for rugby teams, and also see when your packages are ready for in-store pickup.

In summary, this update will allow anyone running Android 4.1+ to utilize the Google Experience Launcher by simply sideloading the official Google Home apk, and then experience the joys that Nexus 5 owners have been feeling for the past week or so.

You can grab the Google Search update by heading to Google Play, and then make sure to download the Home apk which we have listed on this post here. If you have yet to see the Google Search update available in Google Play, you can sideload it from downloading the apk right here [mirror].

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  • Erik Johann Limpiado Riconalla

    I really need an answer guys please help me. Is the downloadable nexus 5 feature just for the nex 4? cuz i tried it in my nexus 10 and it lags as hell

  • nexus 4 user

    hi i installed the google home launcher and i have latest google search app version , but still not able to get the “ok google” on my google search bar how to get it.? It responds to the word but i want the ‘Ok google’ on it is there any way to get it on my nexus 4 running 4.4 kitkat.

  • Kris

    Hello all, I installed it and it works perfectly, expect that on the home screen the bottom row is still black, although the above one is translucent. Any ideas on how to fix that? Thanks! 🙂

  • RB

    I’m using GEL on my n4 with 4.4 onboard.”ok google” works fine,but when I use it once or twice the ok google command disappears from the google search window….any specific reason for this ?

  • Has anyone tried this on their N10? I’m seeing some mixed results from different websites.

  • richcricketz

    + Thousand Likes to you Sir

  • Ozzy Likefatmike

    It’s not working on my Galaxy Tab 3, already update the Google Search & Side Load the GEL apk, installed properly the still using the TouchWiz UI

  • jim

    Put it on my nexus, was no big deal really, went back to nova launcher

  • blu_jay

    Why isn’t my google search bar loading on my galaxy tab gt-p6800 7.7”

  • Dale Burke

    Launcher always tells me that Google Search has stopped working on trying to open then just goes away on my Droid Razr Maxx 4.1.2. Don’t think they did much homework on this one.

  • Dragonscourgex

    I am having problem on my Galaxy Note 10.1. It just keep crashing when I try to open up Google Now.

  • wade j. morrison

    But the launcher keeps crashing on my HTC evo 4g lte.

  • Auggie

    Ok, I need help! i have tried everything on my Razr Maxx HD and nothing, every time i try the launcher i get “unfortunately, google search has stopped”. any ideas? I have switched the language and everything. google now and google play store are both on the latest updates. oh, and for some reason the hot word is just “google” ever since i got the latest update. Help is much appreciated!

    • D.B.

      Having the same issue with my Droid Razr Maxx

      • auggie

        Figured out the hot word problem, just update the default offline recognition language. But launcher still not working!!

  • Sounava

    I sideloaded the apk in my Galaxy Nexus, but I cannot add more homescreens. can any one else please confirm?

    • auggie

      Slide icon to the right screen and u can make more!

      • Sounava

        Tried. Not happening for me. 🙁 That’s why I posted here

  • droidrazredge

    I seem to be running into some issues. Can anyone that has had or is having the same issues point me to some suggestion on how to alleviate these issues? The Google Play update for Search 3.1.8 was pushed to my device and I updated that. I then proceeded to download the GEL launcher from the link provided in the above post. After installing it I get “PLACHOLDER TEXT: Google search not found”. I uninstalled the GEL and installed it again and the same error. I then read through the comments and did some of the suggestions. I uninstalled the search update then proceeded to install the Search update 3.1.8 from the same post that the GEL launcher link was in. That installed fine. I then uninstalled the GEL and reinstalled again. Now I get the “PLACHOLDER TEXT: Google search not found” and when I force the home-screen to be the GEL I get “Google Search has stop responding error” I am just going to go back to the Play Store update and uninstall GEL until someone can provide some feedback. If it helps into finding the root of my problem I am using an OG Razr Maxx based off of the Ti OMAP 4430 SOC.

  • diar

    Installed on GN3. “OK Google” not working..is there another step to take?

    • derek connolly

      having the same issue with the GS4 vzw. Everything else works except hotword detection.

  • ozyman666

    Dumb question. Will the OK Google always on work if I’m using Nova Launcher or does default need to be set to GEL?

  • Daniel

    But does package tracking work again? It used to, but hasn’t for months :-

  • Jason Kahn

    Here are my thoughts, have to figure out how to convey this to Google. When Majel speaks to you her voice should be linked not media volume not notification volume, that way if I have my ringer muted I can hear her speak, and add the ability to turn bluetooth and wifi on and off. Other than that they have completely knocked it out of the park IMHO.

  • deadpenguins

    Maybe my searches will actually go through now! Almost every time I search using the search bar it just hangs up.

  • stabone

    I’m getting Google Search has stopped. Using the Razr M. I have the new search installed.

  • redbar0n11

    Anyone with GNex running this? I’m curious to try it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that this will drain my battery faster than Nova. Anyone have any results to share? I’m running CM 10.2 – 4.3.1.

    • Jason Kahn

      I will keep you posted, I am Stock on the GNEX

      • redbar0n11

        How goes it? Any update?

        • Jason Kahn

          No noticeable effect on battery life, doesn’t even show up in the battery useage list. It’s a GNEX running stock android for now so, it will go go about 4 hours moderate usage, 2 hours screen on time and about 8 hours with wifi and light useage.

          System performance feels the same overall.

          I have noticed a few glitches, particularly when asking it to open apps, the screen blacks out for a couple of seconds.

          I would absolutely give it a shot. Also make sure you download the offline speech library that seems to be the most reliable way of getting hotword detection to work.

          • redbar0n11

            Awesome. Thanks!

    • jim

      I put it on my gnex, im running Bamf rom, worked fine but i went back to Nova launcher

  • Manbearpig

    Anyone having problems with the Verizon data tracker not working with this launcher? Got a note 2

  • theycallmerayj

    Been waiting for the auto send text feature on my Maxx. This new update is really awesome. Google is definitely continuing to add features that people will actually use. And they are doing so to a large selection of phones with this working on all 4.1+ phones.

  • Mike

    I sideloaded the GEL apk on my galaxy nexus, but it doesnt show up anywhere. How can i get the GEL launcher active?

    • Mike

      It doesnt show up as an active launcher

      • ryan savini

        Sideload the new Google search update in the post above and it should work…

    • Jason Kahn

      I had this problem to, not sure why it did it, what I did is went to the market installed NOVA launcher, which then asked me to select a launcher when I pressed the home button. It had the option for GEL listed selected set it to always, uninstalled NOVA, the dialog popped up asking me to select a Launcher. Selected Always use GEL and it now works as intended.

  • John Huie

    sorry if this is an obvious question, but is the GoogleHome.apk like a launcher? Can I install it on my Galaxy s3?

  • mmeiklejohn

    English language (US) search now works, before I had to us UK. I am having trouble getting the hotword aka “ok google” working. Any ideas?

    • mmeiklejohn

      nevermind, went to google settings > offline speech recognition > updated english US and it works now

      • Jason Kahn

        This suggestion fixed everything, although I had to clear data and do it twice to get it to recognize my contact list.

  • Bobbyn01

    Now all I need is the nexus 5 dialer and I can satiate my new phone desires until the nexus ships.

  • Chippah

    If Tom Hanks got cut off while driving, he’d be Tom Honks.

  • TJ

    I installed all three required apps for Launcher On Verizon Note 3
    (Google Play Services 4.0, Google Search, and the Google Home .apk.),
    and I set up Direct Dial Widget on the home screen. I tried to dial with widget but It’s giving me an
    error message “the app isnt installed” Does anyone know why?

  • DanSan

    threw this on my GS4 last night running CM 10.1.3. i liked a few parts of it but other things just threw me off. the app drawer was like 6 high by 4 wide and completely ugly. didnt like i am stuck with only 2 home screens. I did like the google now on the left swipe and the listening google search bar though.

    i use nova on a 11×7 grid, no dock so i dont think its for me just yet. ill stick with nova

    • Ryan

      I believe you have unlimited homescreens, just drag something to the right and it will create a new one.

      • DanSan

        nope. it maxed out at 3 home screens. not like its a big deal because thats all i use anyways

  • Alan Chavez

    Noob question here. I have an unrooted stock GSIII. Do I have to be rooted to sideload and install the Google Home apk and get the GEL?
    Thanks in advance

    • Ronald Bernard

      There is no root required to do this as long as your are on 4.1 or higher. Some people Are experiencing issues.

      • Alan Chavez

        Awesome Thanks.

    • ryan savini

      nope, just download a file explorer. download the apk., put it on your SD card, open file exploerer and jsut install the apk. done deal

    • cornbread

      No. Just download the link provided by Tim above. Make sure you have your phone setup to install “unknown” sources in the settings menu.

  • It’s also worth noting that if you have a 10″ tablet running Android 4.1 (like a Motorola Xoom or a Galaxy Tab 2), it won’t work either. If you try to run the GEL on Android 4.1 in 10″ tablet mode, it just makes Google Search force close.

  • ryan savini

    keep getting “PLACHOLDER TEXT: google search not found”………..

    • ryan savini

      nevermind. if youre getting that message, Sideload the Google Search APK. above and then reinstall the GEL… worked for me!

      • DeAnna Sowder

        Great tip! I didn’t think it was a big deal I downloaded the Search APK after, but it made a difference. I uninstalled Home, then reinstalled and it works great, thanks!

        • nailbomb3

          Did you push that one lib to /system as well because I still can not get it working on the Razr Maxx.

          • DeAnna Sowder

            I only pushed the Search and Home APK’s.

  • circuspeanut

    I sideloaded Kit Kat onto my Nexus 7 (2013) yesterday and was happy to see that the GEL doesn’t crash like it did on Jelly Bean. Unfortunately, in landscape mode, only the top 10% or so of the icon labels were visible. As much as I liked having Google Now just a swipe away, I went back to the stock launcher.

  • Chippah

    Wtf is Google doing with these updates FFS?
    hangouts .122 was out like over 7 days ago, shows the update date,
    but no update available, you have to sideload.

    Now Google Search same thing..

    If Google wants thinks they want to take on imessage & Facetime they are on crack
    with these shenanigans.

    • Adrynalyne

      Google search came to me fine. Not hangouts though.

  • MustWarnOthers

    I threw this on CM10.2 on my old Epic 4g Touch, the best part about it is how smooth and responsive it is. When you touch the search bar up top, everything is instant. The voice response for voice search is instant and the left hand page Google Now slides over and back without a hiccup.

    This is a really awesome step for Google Search and Google Now, and as they both evolve together, this launcher will become extremely powerful.

  • steveP

    Working great on my VZW Gnex 4.2.2

    • Jason Kahn

      I got hotwords to work once then it stopped, did you do anything to get hotwords functioning. This is only when using the GEL, with the stock launcher the hotword detection works fine

      • Ronald Bernard

        What is this hotwords you speak of.

        • Jason Kahn

          When you say OK Google NOW to launch directly into voice search.

          • Ronald Bernard

            Oh. Duh. On MotoX so I am good regardless bit mine is working in GEL.

        • Jason Kahn

          When you say “OK GOOGLE NOW” to launch directly into voice search

    • KenBarnum

      Do you have black bars at the top and bottom or are they transparent?
      Mine are black on Shiny Rom 4.3.

  • Ronald Bernard

    Friend installed on his G1. Keeps getting placeholder Google search not found. Any ideas?

    • ryan savini

      sideload the new google search from this post, should fix everything

      • Ronald Bernard

        Gonna ask a very stupid question but I am a bit of a noob. When you say sideload does that mean you have to do something other than just downloading the files and installing them? I had no issues on my moto x by just downloading and installing but my friend is still having issues and has tried pretty much everything everyone has suggested. Didn’t know if side loading was a different process and may help

        • droidrazredge

          “Sideloading” is just another word for installing an Android application onto your phone, from somewhere other than the Google Play Store. While this is generally a bad idea for beginners (you never know what kind of viruses you can catch on the internet), there are times when you need to test an app from a trusted developer, or even install a leaked version of something official (like a new Google Play Store, Google Maps, etc.).

          Take heed. This should never be used as a way to circumvent paying for games or applications on Google Play. With Android being the most targeted mobile OS in regard to viruses and malware, stick to the Play Store if possible. This is actually one of the main reasons why Android doesn’t allow sideloading by default (but this can be turned off).

          Step 1:

          Enabling app sideloading, is easy. Simply jump into your phone’s Settings application, scroll down and select the “Security” option. Scroll down again and press “Unknown sources.” As the description states, this will allow the installation of apps from unknown sources — i.e., somewhere other than the Google Play Store.

          Step 2:

          Whether your viewing in our app, or in your Android web browser, click the link and the app will begin downloading.

          Step 3:

          In most cases, the app will be placed in a “downloads” folder, stored inside your phone. You can easily access all downloads by jumping into the Downloads application located in your app drawer (where all your other apps are). From there, simply click the application that was downloaded (apps always have and end with “.apk” in their file name.

          Step 4:

          depending on your Android device, you’ll may see a popup asking if you want to verify with Google (to ensure there’s no malware), or install regularly. Always select the first option and proceed with the installation instructions. You’ll then be greeted with the apps permissions, and the option to install. Click install and if successful,you can then either click done to go about whatever it was you were doing, or open the app directly from here. To be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to jump back into your settings, and turn off/uncheck the “Unknown sources” option. Sometimes malicious apps (even those downloaded from the Play Store) can use this to do all sorts of nasty stuff. And that’s all there is to it. You are now a sideloading app master.


  • markgbe

    cool, i like it.

  • Fontana53

    The “ok google” hotword doesn’t work on my Moto x. Hotword detection is checked and Language is on English (US). Any other Moto x users have the same problem?

    • I have this issue on my GNex

    • fd2blk78

      The Moto x came with this new feature. Why install over it?

  • The Dude

    Why do I see ‘no eligible devices to install’ in the device dropdown when I try to get this? Can someone link the apk for new search? I had the same problem with Hangouts. I have a GS3 running a 4.3 AOSP rom.

  • The half black nav bar looks like garbage. Outside of that, I do like it.

  • A good information and can thus be seen that we have new problems, updates and innovations.

  • thanks, good luck

  • nailbomb3

    Anyone get GEL working on the OG Droid Razr/Maxx? I get the same issue the DNA users have. Crashes Google Search.

    • Greystreet022

      Check the original article called nexus 5 dump or something like that. There is a .lib file you need to push to your /system/lib folder that will fix it. Just scroll down the comments until you see it.

      • Aaron

        lib file still didn’t fix it for me. I’m on an Electrify M (pretty much the same as a RAZR M) stock 4.1.2/unlocked/rooted. Any ideas?

    • Cael

      Same thing happens for my Droid 4.

      • droidrazredge

        I thought I was the only one having these issues. I’ve tried everything and still does not work.

        • nailbomb3

          Ditto on Razr Maxx. No joy

          • droidrazredge

            Yup, I made a long comment about it all the way at the top of the comments. Are you getting the same issues as I described ?

  • crazed_z06

    Working great on Note 3

  • Jaime G.

    I just noticed active notifications on Verizon moto x isn’t working. Anyone notice the same?

    • Ian Case

      Its working OK on mine.

  • crazed_z06

    Rugby Scores! FINALLY!

  • Malcolm Love

    Everything seems to work on my Droid Maxx, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually use this. I miss the options of other launchers. I’ve been using Aviate for the last couple of weeks. I can’t decide if I like it or not.

  • Jaime G.

    Is it meant for every phone? I’m running on Verizon moto x and its a bit sluggish. No half transparent nav bar either. 🙁 How do I revert?

  • Eugene Malabanan

    Have we always had this????????

    • j

      yes lol

  • CharlesJorgenson

    damn, only 4 icons across on my G2, if it werent for that id switch but at that resolution it looked like a playskool toy (iPhone). So close yet so far. Wish i could change the launcher settings.

  • Rafter

    Let see how long I have to wait before I get this Search update. I’m still waiting for the Hangouts update by the way.

  • Ron

    The launcher doesn’t work with my Droid DNA

  • zombiewolf115

    the only thing that annoys me about this launcher is the fact that a widget like play music only covers 3 spaces instead of 4 on the screen which is like ugh my ocd kicks in hardcore

    • bprichard

      Agreed. I pretty much can’t deal with that.

    • Robert Macri

      Not on my Moto X… Covers all four.

  • Knlegend1

    Google messed up now lol.

  • EmoMorales

    I still have the uncentered search bar and keyboard popup issues on nexus 7 (2012) on 4.4

  • Jared Hamilton

    Does anyone else take issue with the giant 4×4 icons? Nova allows me 6×5 which is perfect on my s4…why shouldn’t I be able to change this on any phone?!!?!?! It works great but……

    • Tim242

      I don’t understand why Google doesn’t put options in for such simple tasks. I also hate docks. I find them pointless. Nova lets me disable the dock. The icon long press options are great as well. Oh, and the gestures! One home screen is all I need. I like the Nova Experience Launcher too much to even try this Google Garbage.

  • Jason Kahn

    There is something not quite rite with this update, Wiped all my Google NOW settings, couldn’t get the list of cards back without uninstalling the update

    • Jason Kahn

      Ok so they moved it under the magic wand, but it now appears you have to wait for something to happen in order to toggle the card on or off

  • Pat Leck

    The update does seem to be a nice addition.


  • enigmaco

    Won’t let me install the new search feature on my phone. I get to the install or cancel part, and I keep tapping install and it does not work. But the cancel button works with no problems, trying to install it on my stock moto x.

    • Ian Case

      Mine kind of did this. I had to touch the button a little off center and down. Then it worked fine.

  • works perfectly both the Google Launcher & the updated search both of which I side loaded using the links in the article. Work like a charm on my Verizon S4 running 4.3 EMJ7 build.

  • EmoMorales

    Are people still experiencing un-centered search bar and the keyboard popping up after app use issue?

  • Samvelavich

    I get an issue saying: PLACEHOLDER TEXT Google Search not found

  • uzo ufondu

    Where can I get that wallpaper? The one with the people sky and mountain?

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      From Google. It came with the Nexus 5. If you are able to get to a Google command prompt, simply type something like “Nexus 5 wallpapers”.

  • Guest

    People still have the uncentered search bar and keyboard pop up after closing an app issue?

    • Steve B

      No, everything is fixed now.

      • Carlton Crasher

        Actually it just happened on my nexus 7 2013 lol but not on the nexus 5 or gs3

        • Steve B

          You’re holding it wrong.

  • Rob Fetterhoff

    All updated now on my Galaxy S3… thanks!!!

  • Troy Haskett

    So I reinstalled the GEL on my N4, but every time I try to move an app over to make a second screen, it doesn’t let me. Nothing seems to work. Any ideas?

  • AbbyZFresh

    Poor ICS users.

    • Tim242

      Nah. They aren’t missing anything. Nova is much better.

  • Tyler Casilio

    Downloaded just the Search update on the DNA and works fine for me. The Top part of Google Now still says GOOGLE and the bar below it though, doesn’t look like the pic above. Maybe because they want a uniform look between the Search Bar and Now when you swipe to the right on the Nexus 5. That makes sense actually

  • anezarati

    is anyone have trouble with the “ok google” command? it doesnt work on my N4, but it was working when i had the previous leak when 4.4 first came out. is there something i have to activate?

  • AlpaXray

    Quick question: If I use nova and don’t want the GEL business, but I get the update for google search will I get the always listening from the home screen option. Or do I have to enable GEL for that.

    • imnotmikal

      You have to enable GEL for that. GEL /is/ search, that’s the only way it works.

  • Brian Wolfman

    Works but then you get the microphone that has a white center (not full gray) so its no longer “listening.”

  • skater57

    Still force closes when I select the launcher on Motorola Droid RAZR HD running 4.1.2

    • Santos91

      Same here!!! Glad to know I am not the only one with a RAZR HD.

  • Sean

    Ok Google, just because I still have the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t mean I don’t still want your updates…

    • Elliot Kotis

      Just because it has been 2 years since I got my GNex doesn’t mean my 24 month plan is over! Come on mate.

  • Walter Partlo

    Its a shame that GEL looks like crap in the Moto X.

    • Geoffrey Gunter

      How does it look like crap?

      • Walter Partlo

        The half black nav bar looks like garbage. Outside of that, I do like it.

        • TheDrunkenClam

          Half black nav bar???? Can you please take a screen shot and post it?? I have been considering the moto x

          • Walter Partlo

            My problem was based on mods that I was using not playing well with GEL. Get the X, you will not be disappointed.

    • imnotmikal

      Looks and functions perfectly well on my Moto X.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        Screen shot please. ?? I am considering this phone and want to see how gel looks on it

    • Scott Kart

      The icons are huge.

      • Adrynalyne

        By design.

      • I’m pretty sure they’re going by the “9mm rule”.. honestly I could have it at about 5mm and I could hit the right icon. They really need to have launcher settings.. icon size being one of them.
        My apps could be condensed down to 2 pages if the icons and margins weren’t so dang big.

    • Albert

      How did you fix it? I’m getting full black on both, but I’m still on 4.2.2, is that the issue?

      • Walter Partlo

        I am rooted on 4.2.2. My issue was it not playing well with moto xposed.

    • Robert Macri

      How did you get transparent navbar? Mine is all black.

      • Walter Partlo

        Xposed framework with gravitybox, but the navbar seems to switch often between transparent and black. The MotoXposed module allows you to change the nav bar background to transparent, but leaves a little black bar at the bottom that looks like crap with GEL. MotoXposed works flawlessly on Nova though, which is what I am running because I like themed icons better than swiping left into google now.

  • 204Guy

    I still haven’t got the Hangouts sms update…

    • Jason Kahn

      i gave up and sideloaded

      • 204Guy

        Yeah I ended up doing that too. For some reason updates are really slow to my S4…

      • Elliot Kotis

        I gave up and got my Nexus 5.

    • Bob G

      Ditto. I figure by the time I receive that update, I’ll be waiting for 4.4, and then… this new Search update, and then…. I just learn to live with it.

    • uzo ufondu

      Yeah, me neither. I don’t know why

    • Chippah

      the New hangouts is retarded, the UI is unintuitive.
      For instance, there should be a little toggle button to turn SMS on and off .
      but theres not.

      Still no play store update on the Note 3 either, had to manually update.

      • JRomeo

        When you are texting someone, next to their name you can click and switch back and forth between SMS message, and Hangout message… so you always have access to one or the other…. of course this assumes you have their gmail address in your contacts in their profile.

    • terrorist96

      You’re not alone.. I still haven’t gotten the Hangouts update.

  • rthvk

    Not using the Nexus 5, Tim?! :O

  • Marcel Jeannin II

    I downloaded both apk and still have black lines to and bottom. I guess my nexus 4 still needs kit Kat.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I have seen it working on other Nexus 4’s so not sure why you are having issues. Google Play services needs to be on the latest version as well.

      • rthvk

        And you have to have KitKat or some OS tweaks. I believe the minimum API level for transparency support without mods is 19 (KitKat).

  • tharealoc

    I found that the update killed tasker from seeing when the google search app is open.

    I have a profile to shorten my display timeout when the phone is laying down and the search app is open, so when I use touchless controls the screen turns off faster, since update, no go

  • Arcendus

    Too bad the function doesn’t work outside the Google Launcher, BUT I really can’t complain, I was looking forward to this feature, big time.

  • Josh

    Does anyone know why Google now won’t output speech? I haven’t changed any settings, but it doesn’t ever talk back to me. On a stock nexus 5

    • Ray Gray

      If your phone is on vibrate or mute it won’t which is dumb it should follow media volume vs. System volume

  • billy routh

    How do you get updates about websites?

    • michael arazan

      I have found that my google alerts I have set up show up in my Google Now cards when ever there is an update to anything I have in my alerts that is new. Not sure if that is how it works or not.

  • rthvk

    Should point out that the GEL is still not in the Play Store as a downloadable APK.

    C’mon Google; you can do it!

  • tharealoc

    does this mean the nova dev may be able to work the google now swipe into his launcher?!

    • Ryan B

      I hope so, I just can’t use stock Google launcher after using Nova. I want my custom drawer and custom icons.

      • Ryan Powell

        Just tried out the new launcher and thought the exact same thing. Really hoping we get it soon in Nova.

      • Dominick White

        same issue here, hopefully Nova gets it soon

      • Tim242

        And gestures!

    • MetroGnome711

      Not to mention Nova seems way more fluid that this launcher. Animations stutter (HTC ONE), and just don’t seem as polished as Nova, which has been flawless for me.

  • Garrett Ostrom

    I have a stock Droid DNA 4.1.1. Installed the search update, then the GEL apk, and it says “unfortunately, google search has stopped” when I try to tap the launcher to open it. Don’t know what’s going on. Cleared the data in the search app and that didn’t help. Anyone know anything?

    • Kyle Coppess

      Same problem with me and my Razr Maxx HD 🙁

      • Garrett Ostrom

        This blows.

    • charlie hustle

      Having the same issue

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      You also need to have Google Play Services updated to at least 4.0.30 although I would imagine most phones have seen the update already.

      • Garrett Ostrom

        I have Google Play Services updated to 4.0.33, and have changed the language to “English (UK)” already and that didn’t fix it. For some reason, the DNA got the shaft…

    • Lucas Rains

      Change your Google Search language to “English (UK)”. That’s what I did and the issue went away.

    • hldc1

      Changing the language doesn’t resolve the problem on the Droid DNA.

  • ĴⒶ₡Ҝ

    It actually asks and then listens for confirmation before sending a text now! This is awesome!

    Edit: Still no punctuation though, which is kind of ridiculous.

    • Arcendus

      You have Tom Hanks’ number???

      • tharealoc

        should be part of the new dialer, just start typing tom hanks, and it will use google to get the number for you. He must have already called him once and the dialer automatically added him to his contacts.

        • FrancoMacagno

          haha I hope you know you are joking

          • tharealoc

            Of course i do, I thought it was quite witty. =)

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    • sk102704

      It should do it on its own but you can add punctuation by saying period/question mark/exclamation point etc.
      So did Tom reply?

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        • sk102704

          you are wrong idiot!
          See I just used it to do it right there dumbass.

          • I don’t think it carries over from the text command in Google Now.
            I’ve never had success. I can punctuate in the text app and other areas but alas from my homescreen.

    • Chippah

      If Tom hanks sold hot dogs on the side of the road he would be

      • Stnkycheezman

        If Tom Hanks jumped out and said “BOO!”, he’d be Tom Pranks

        • Chippah

          If Tom Hanks forgot to wipe his ass he’d be Tom STANKS

          • Dutch

            If Tom Hanks finished a bottle of scotch, he’d be Tom DRANKS

      • Geekdad

        If he goes to prison and joins a gang, he’d be Tom SHANKS.

        • Phil Smucker

          I love lamp!

        • Phil Smucker

          Come on everybody, let’s go streak the quad with tom hank the tank!

    • Chippah

      If Tom hanks was seen in an adult movie theater he would be TOM WANKS.

      • Tim

        If he was in the adult movie theater alone, he would be TOM SPANKS.

    • Chippah

      If Tom Hanks gave you 10,000 dollars youd be like Tom Thanks!

      • tss then he’d be like take that to the Tom Banks or somethin’, I dunno.

    • John Huie

      i have always had a problem with punctuation. Whenever I speak to Google Now, it’ll show the commas, exclamation points, etc., when it sends the audio to the servers, but when it transfers it to a text, no punctuation shows up!

    • Blue Sun

      You can use puncuation. It works & had worked almost a year if not longer. Try saying the following: “Text Tom Hanks Good day sir period”

      • Dale Burke

        Children, please can we stay on the subject at hand here instead of acting like 1st graders? I would really like to get this to work without forking out for an overpriced phone………………( come I know somebody is gonna take a shot ).

    • Citizenofhawaii

      I saw that too.

      I think you can say the name of the punctuation you want to use (ie. “period”, “question mark”, “exclamation point”…)

  • fartbubbler

    how will the GEL “always listening” feature interact with Touchless Control, I wonder?

    • Justin W

      If you have a Moto X, you should test it out…

      Also, IIRC, the Moto X’s command is “OK, Google Now”, whereas the always listening feature is “OK, Google”, so it shouldn’t affect Moto X’s touchless control. In addition, Touchless Control should can be used while the screen is off, whereas this “always listening” feature only works when the screen is on and you are on the home screen or in Google Now.

      • Ryan B

        I have a Moto X and there is no issue. When I say “Okay google now” when the screen is off, touchless controll works. When the phone is on, “Okay google” works there.

        • Jeff Skilling

          See, what I’m wondering is whether or not the launcher takes advantage of the same low-power natural language processor that Touchless Control does for hotword detection. Otherwise won’t the GEL have a negative effect on battery life?

  • Ray Gray

    And we were all saying hey where is the launcher… Google never fails us

    • Adrynalyne

      The launcher still isn’t official. You have to pull it from the Nexus 5.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Only in the US.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    “…a gang of new features”

    Nice Tim 🙂

  • Ryan B

    I love how hard this effs over Samsung and HTC and all of the ugly launchers. This is now mainstream over the play store! Every phone with 4.1 and up!!!!!!

    • Justin W

      It doesn’t quite “eff over Samsung and HTC and all of the ugly launchers” though. You still can’t get the Launcher APK through the Play Store, but I’m sure it will be coming within the next few months or so.

    • Brandyn

      How does it “eff over Samsung and HTC and all of the ugly launchers”? You do realize Android lets you choose whatever launcher you want to use.

      • Ryan B

        Yes but if your my grandma, you have never heard of a launcher or know there is an option. This now makes launchers mainstream.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I definitely see some differences since I got the Nexus 5… Like before I sold my HTC ONe I could just set to “All NBA Teams” or something like that and it would just give me updates whenever there was a game…now it only does it for my own team…. Am I crazy?