Google updates Search app for Android with widget, movie ratings and real estate listings

Daniel Bader

February 13, 2013 3:36pm

Google has issued an update to its Search app for Android, bringing the rumoured widget functionality to devices running Jelly Bean and higher.

In addition to the widget, which consolidates various subscribed cards such as weather, stocks and transit, the app now allows users to look up movie ratings through Rotten Tomatoes and, in the States, passes through Fandango.

You can also look up real estate listings through Zillow when searching for a home, and Now now supports college sports just in time for March Madness.

This is a great update to an increasingly important service to Android’s future, and now that Jelly Bean is on 13.6% of devices, many millions of users now have access to it.

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  • Eduardo

    It’s nice to have a widget but Google Now hasn’t worked so well for me; it shows estimate times to get home when I’m on my way to work (It still hasn’t learned that I work from 9 to 5?!) or the other way around.
    Does anyone know how to add cards? (Birthdays which already sync on my calendar or Activity report)

    • Zeeb

      Go into settings of Google Now..(3 dots on the bottom of the Google Now page). You can customize what cards show up

    • Eduardo

      They’re both ON but never appear. Also, I just noticed that it says “For your birthday, For birthdays from G+” Seriously? For my birthday?

    • Matty

      Now works well for me. It knows when I’m going to work, and going home, and I work 1:30pm to 10:00pm. Perhaps you just need to wait longer for it to learn you? Make sure you’ve set up Local and programmed in your home and work locations with automatic checkin, etc. I think that’s a big part of how the locations cards work.

    • wonduro

      I believe if you enter your work schedule in your calendar and your home and work address, then it would be able to tell you the info in between ( traffic for example) There is much to come from google. Have faith because even in the year 2030, electronics will have bugs and flaws or worse (terminator) haha

    • LTE

      I just got it: Holly Crap!

      Brackberry BBRY closed at less than $14 today! and its lower in after hours! One week ago was $17 and now there are no rumours or vapourware:
      Syrup could you report a few rumours or Artist renderings to take the stock up?
      -It worked in the past, has to work again, no?

      Love the widget!

  • Dave

    Jelly bean or how ICS is already a thing of the past already (said with copious amount sarcasm). On the plus side I’m running 4.2.1 on my S2X thanks to CM!

    • Eduardo

      Google Now was never part of ICS

  • theMediaman

    I’d love it if Google Now’s weather service pulled from The Weather Network, or Environment Canada. It regularly posts current temperatures _over_ the daily high, and the weather icons are not always, but sometimes inaccurate. I just get the feeling that American weather services just don’t “get” Canadian weather.

  • Justin

    still no device features yet…bogus

  • Ka-ra-te Master, The Fifth Dan

    Watch the blackberry fanboy scum try to rip the apk and port it onto their ZEE10. hahaha dummies.

    Quite a shameless group, they look down upon android in one instance, and in another they steal android apps.

    Ey yo commo stace? You got da beebeeEMMM?

  • EmperumanV

    Doesn’t seem to work for me. I tried adding the widget and dragging it to one of my screens, but all I see is “No Cards”. This is on my N4 and GN.

    • Zeffer

      Need to launch Google Now and then go back to the widget… you should then see your cards

  • W Young

    Anybody get the Rotten Tomatoes movie reviews or other new cards to work in Canada?

  • Awais

    Did anyone notice a bug with Note 2? I cant seem to open the menu to go into settings, it keeps flickering..