We've been pawing through today's Google Search update and one item in particular deserves a little more attention. Some of the cards in Google Now are getting an interesting tweak – they're bundled and have a cool animation when opened.

It looks like this affects the cards for Travel, Research, Interests, and Things To Watch. Press the arrow button and the card expands, sliding up to the top and morphing into the header. You end up in a new card stack, which keeps the main feed nice and clean. It's not the sort of thing you'd notice right away if you don't open these cards regularly, but it does make Now more easy to use.

It looks like the voice search part of the app can also produce one of these cards, but it might be related to the TV show detection. If you don't want to wait for the search update to show up on your device normally, the APK is hosted in our search update post.

[Thanks, +Keneth Sim]

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Very sleek.

    • silver_arrow

      Much grouping

      • Tomáš Petrík


        • Gabriel Melo

          such animation

          • SlasH3R

            Such neat

      • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

        +/u/dogetipbot 50 doge

    • Dude!

      Such Timely

      • faptacular slapNtickle


    • Casin

      They also updated the widget to show all the cards including the article cards so now I can basically use Nova launcher like the google now launcher.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    As I've said on Google+, saying here as well:

    Apart from that fancy transition animation, I've had this type of cards since a long ago (several months at least). For example, I searched for New York on my desktop. A while later a card would show up in Google Now, labeled New York, I touched it and it opened a new screen, with weather, currency converter, articles and places.

    • abqnm

      Same here. The bundles are definitely not new but the animations are.

      • Nathan


  • Crispin Swickard

    Also transparent navigation bars it seems? Now for the rest of the apps Google!

    • Tomáš Petrík

      Transparent system bars have been there for quite a long time (at least on a Nexus 5)

      • Crispin Swickard

        Well I have an N5, and its not transparent on my Google search currently. going to sideload this to see what happens.

        • yochanan

          Nova & Apex support transparent status & nav bars on the home screen, but not in Google Now unless you're using GEL.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    I've been doing some digging and I'm pretty sure this will also happen through voice search for TV shows, I just haven't been able to reproduce it yet.

  • Daniel Traynor

    I just want smaller icons in the GNL. That's all. :-( And a hide apps setting for the drawer.
    I don't want to use Apex or Nova. I want GNL, but these missing extra settings stop me from using it.

  • Sir_Brizz

    Those animations. Careful, Apple. Google is getting good at design much faster than you are getting better at services.

    • abqnm

      Google is just slow at using these new designs in all of their apps. Things are getting better but still pretty inconsistent in many Google Apps.

    • evertjr

      And yet Apple can update all its apps at same time with their own new design guideline, can't say the same from google.

      • Sir_Brizz

        And how long did that take them? And they had to wait to release them until their new OS came out. :p

        I know Google is slow at it, but they are getting better and that should make Apple crap their pants.

    • mgamerz

      Don't worry dude. Apple knows. They'll sue when the time is right.

  • cabbiebot

    Weren't topics of interest bundled previously? I'm not picking up on what is new here...

    • Dennis Ulijn

      Yes, but it's the animations that new.

  • andy_o

    Does the back button work in this new version, when pulling up Now from an app?

    • Jens Knutson

      Nope, that shit's still completely broken, but who cares, because SHINY!

      • andy_o

        That's been a bit of a disturbing trend lately with some Google apps. Been waiting for at least feature-parity with Maps 6.x and Talk (Hangouts) for quite a while. Gmail for iOS had more options (like print) than the Android version for years. In maps, it can't even share a simple address, or phone number it only shares a stupid link to the maps page for the location.

  • Krzysztof Gicala

    how can i get GNL on htc one? when i install apk it doesnt work

  • thartist

    Wow, it changed my world!
    No it didn't.

  • Jekabpils

    Did they fix non functional back button in Google now?

    • Steve B

      Google now is essentially the left most page on your launcher. Back button is not intended to be functional on that page, nor any other launcher page.

      • andy_o

        so you don't think that when you pull up Google Now from an app you should be able to go back to that app by pressing the back button, you know, like it has always been and continues to be for anything that is not using the GNL?

        • Steve B

          I honestly couldn't care less because i never access it that way. Only from the home screen.

          • andy_o

            So then why did you respond to him with what you said? Or do you somehow think we are using Now "wrong" and the correct way to use it is your way?

          • Jekabpils

            I think he is pointing out how over intelligent he is. Like we do not know what the left most page is. It does not change the fact that back button is non functional. Anything that is not functional is not supposed to be there. At the beginning it took me like 10 times of pressing it to acknowledge that that thing is not taking me nowhere.

      • Jekabpils

        It makes no sense. So, if i understand right, your way of leaving google now is by swiping to the left correct? Then why home button is still functional in GN?

  • Ahmed Rashwan

    this animation isn't working for me!! :(

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