Google Adds Google Now Widget For Android 4.1 Devices And Above


If someone were to ask me the single biggest reason I’d jump back onto an Android device full-time these days, Google Now would be an immediate response. Yes, it’s still new and there’s no doubt Google will add a ton of more features over time, but even if its infancy, Google Now is Google and Android at its best. The addition of a brand new Google Now widget with all of your important Now cards right on your home or lock screen is an incredibly enticing feature. This is one of those “things” that makes Android great in my mind and if you’re running an Android 4.1 device and above and not using Google Now, you don’t know what you’re missing. Grab the widget “Now!”

Android Official Blog via Google Play


Press Release:

When computers do the hard work, you can get on with the things that matter in life. Google Now helps you do just that, giving you the information you need, before you even have to ask. Like updating you with flight times, pulling up your boarding pass when you arrive at the airport, or showing you the weather at your next travel destination. Today, we’re making Google Now even more useful by integrating new partners and making all your information even easier to access.

Going to the movies? Movie cards now include the latest ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, so you can pick the right movie. Purchase your tickets through Fandango, and Google Now will remind you when you need to leave for the theater, and pull up your tickets once you arrive.

In the market for a new home? Google Now can provide you with nearby real estate listings from Zillow. Plus, when you are checking out that remodeled kitchen at the open house, Now will automatically pull up more information about the listing.

Of course, all of this information is most helpful when it’s front and center and ready when you are. The new Google Now widget brings all your important Now cards to your home or lock screen, so you don’t even have to open the app.

When Google Now first launched last summer, we promised it was just the beginning, and it would continue to get better at delivering you more of the information you need, before you even ask. This is the fourth update since launch, and we’re just getting started!

To try out these new cards, get the latest version of the Google Search app for Android, available on Google Play for devices running Android 4.1 and above.

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  • kev2684

    why can’t google unify their widgets better? it doesn’t align well with their own library widgets. it doesn’t align with gmail or google search widget either. :|

    dear google, please use a fixed width across all your widgets kthxbai

    • Anonymous

      This is a widget of varying widget. That’s cool because it means you can get just as much info as you want. Why would you rather have a fixed width?

      • kev2684

        by fixed width I meant with the tiles. if my gmail is 3×4, and google now is 1×4, they should be aligned well having equal spacing all around like tiles. same if they’re resized to 3×3 and 1×3, 2×4 and 2×4 or whatever. the current google widgets are all over the place.

  • Chris

    Like the widget u can resize it to ad more info only thing I don’t like my frequently used Web searches like tmonews and other websites are no longer at the search bar I half to type them always now :-(

  • alfonzso

    I was running Google Now and disabled most cards. I know what I’m missing…..not much actually. I don’t know what all the praise is about. It’s a neat feature but not a necessary one…..unless you don’t have any of your own memory left. I’d actually be more concerned about the lack of privacy in this Google world.

    • 21stNow

      I like Google Now for its consolidation of information. Now, I don’t need to have a sports app, a traffic app and a weather app alerting me to different things. It is all in one place in Google Now. It’s the same thought process as to why I carry a smartphone instead of a basic phone, an MP3 player and a GPS unit. It’s just more convenient to have everything in one place.

      • alfonzso

        We all have different needs. I don’t follow mainstream sports, I don’t need delayed traffic alerts, I don’t track my packages, I don’t follow the weather, and I organize all my travel in TripIt.

        • zee

          alfonzso: Ok so you disabled Google Now and you don’t like it. Why then waste your time comment here on this post? I know it is your personal opinion but you are trolling instead of contributing in a healthy way. At least that is what I felt when I read your post.

          Thank you but no thanks and please don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

        • alfonzso

          Sorry, I don’t mean to sound like a troll. I always want to hear diverse reactions to a product – hype and criticism. I feel it’s healthy. Sure, technically it’s a super product. But I don’t find it that useful and actually a bit scary. Enjoy!

      • Dakota

        I still have to use another weather app cuz I like having the temperature on my status bar so I always can see it

    • g2a5b0e

      I kind of agree. I thought I would like it a lot more than I do, but I just don’t find it particularly useful. Also, it keeps telling me what my commute home will be when I’m already home. Annoying. I’m almost ready to just disable it completely.

    • tonkotsu

      “I’d actually be more concerned about the lack of privacy in this Google world.”

      then you’re completely missing the point of google now

      if you had a secretary, how would she set up your schedule if you didn’t give her any of your information?

      besides, most of your info isn’t private anyways, might as well make it useful for yourself.

      • alfonzso

        If you read my comment you’d see that I didn’t find it useful. You can’t compare a person you’ve hired to a remote server that scans all your email, keep track of everything you do and store it indefinitely without any of your control.

    • Dakota

      I agree. I haven’t found one useful thing. When I had it with NFL team, it showed the scores 2 days later. It also would include functionality for 2 gmail accounts since so many have a personal and other/work email. But nothing else everywould up except events, and if s concert is on in 5 hours, it’s not like I’m gonna be able to get a ticket

      • alfonzso

        It’s probably a great product for people who just like to have short-term info served to them in one app. But if you want to plan or want specifics, you just wasting time and resources with Google Now.

  • nerdlust

    I wish I had it on my sensation but I do have it on my tablet and its pretty sweet.a lot of good info in one quick to launch spot. Can’t wait to test the travel part on my next trip.

  • TechHog

    This widget is a mess. I can’t get it to show what I want to see.

  • Dakota

    The widget is not working for me. The only thing it ris showing is a 3 day forecast.. Nothing else. Even stranger, the app drawer days it’s a4x4 widget, yet it loads like 4×1.. and if I long press, it doesn’t expand. So I don’t know what’s going on but it didn’t update like all these articles show. Using galaxy nexus 4.2.1.. maybe it’ll work best when the 4.22 full update arrives.. But I did get a Google now update yesterday

  • Cory Corrupted

    I love the time this screenshot was taken. :P

    • therealmikebrown

      Wonder if David took that screenshot?

      • No, I grabbed it from the official Android blog, it was the screenshot they used.

        • eanfoso

          Hey how can I enable this on my note II?

  • David M

    The update states you can add it to your lock screen has anyone figured how to add it there?