Last Updated: May 1st, 2014

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means – yes, Google is updating apps. This week we've got a search update to version 3.4 and it has some good stuff going on. We're still checking it out, but it looks like automatic parking detection is a go. Or stop... whatever.

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What's New

  • New parking card in Google Now
  • New reminders interface with better arrangement of past reminders
  • Centralized list for nicknames under Accounts & privacy
  • 'Help' and 'Send feedback' are now 'Help & feedback' (one item)
  • Offline mode no longer clears all cards, keeps cards from last update
  • Open some settings by voice
  • More detailed Watch now card with episode numbers and other data


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.googlequicksearchbox _3.4.15.1143430.arm.apk.

Version: (Android 4.1+).

MD5: 5b37e581205e9f8bb16ce122a60e685b.

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Note: This update kills popular Xposed module GEL Settings (XGELS). It's not coming back.

[Thanks, +Derek Traini]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    WTH? My IFTTT recipe didn't work :(

    • RyanWhitwam

      Usually takes a few minutes, doesn't it?

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        I went into the app to make it check manually and it didn't pick it up either.

      • Nicholas McDonald

        Mine's seem to be working, just got a notification.

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          Da fack, what device are you on?

          • Nicholas McDonald

            HTC One (M8)

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

      Give it a few minutes, it probably needs to detect the new article first.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        I made it manually check and it still didn't work..

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

          Mine just triggered.

    • erz2192

      It worked for me. Got the alert about 1 minute after the post.

      • Andrew

        Worked for me as well!

    • Adam B.

      Plus it is not entirely useful, since it doesn't provide any clickable link

    • Caleb Cross

      I checked manually and it worked. I just happened to go to android police as soon as the article was posted it seems.

    • Owen Finn

      My Tasker recipe worked?

      • apfelcake

        Can you please post the receipe?:)

        • Owen Finn

          What's a receipe?

          • apfelcake


          • apfelcake


          • apfelcake


    • arhughes

      I set my recipe to use the "Downloads" category, but this post doesn't show up in the category even though it shows it at the top of the post.

  • http://SocialMediarology.com Jeremy A Williams

    IFTTT has about a 15 minute delay - it's not instantaneous for external events like this...

    • http://google.com/+DavidJohnson David J

      Correct. IFTTT has confirmed this. Recipe worked here.

    • MdR guy

      Twitter worked best for me. I got the IFTTT notice considerably later.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Thank you IFTTT

    • Ordnas_selac

      yeah but is it me that doesn't open the link??

      • Derek Traini

        If you use Pushbullet you can have the link sent to you.

        • Ordnas_selac

          I do! I guess then I will have to modify the IFTTT recipe.

          • Derek Traini

            Maybe it isn't set to "Push a link"?

          • LUL.

            how do I set it to "push a link"?

        • JPB

          ....which is a much better recipe anyway.

      • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

        Yeah, it looks like the IFTTT recipe listed under popular recipes on;y include the title of the post. Which is pretty useless. Of course, it's easy enough to edit and add the URL.

        • LUL.

          how do you add the URL?

    • jmartino5920


  • nezlobnyj

    noticed it has new 'activity recognition' permission, confirms total g now integration to some point

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

      For the parking card, no?

      • nezlobnyj

        might be, not US resident so missing a lot here)

  • Tony Pettinato


    • mobilemann

      RSS and ifttt work really well together. Everything is not a fight.

      • Tony Pettinato

        It isn't a fight, but everyone is bragging about IFTTT notifying them about these articles, as if it is the only automated way to find a new article...

        • mobilemann

          the overlap in what they do is actually pretty small. Feel free to not use it. I like using google now (with off screen activation) to control the lights in my home, my media center etc, but that's just me. I'm into extending the abilities of my phone.

  • usaff22

    They removed the option to select whether to use the hotword only in search results. Now it's all, or nothing :(

    Also, the nicknames option isn't showing up in the UK. Double :(

    • Simon Belmont

      Maybe it's preparation for OK Google everywhere? Probably not, but just a thought.

      I haven't received the update yet, so I can't check. Sorry.

    • Chapa

      I can't find the nicknames option in mine either. And is completely set to US English... maybe is location based? (I'm in Argentina)

      • Arjen82

        Yep, only seems to work if you have a US account

        • Chapa

          Weird limitation, if you ask me. Given that every other feature works flawlessly.

          • lycan codex

            You need to enable contact recognition under accounts and privacy in Google search!

          • Rama Raju Vegesna

            it is already enable in my mobile but nick name not apperaring I am from India

          • Suthee T.

            Can't find the nickname in Google Now either, but I insert nicknames in the contact app. It works!

          • Stanton Dowd

            Makes no difference.

          • Chapa

            Bump. Actually I had to change my region to US English (by using my US Credit Card and a US bound Address)... that's what it took. Before doing that (and even after enabling the Contact Recognition feature) Google would ask who my wife was... EVERY SINGLE time, even after I set the proper nickname in Contacts which was suggested as well.

    • Craig Gosling

      Can't see it in Canada either... Only Americans have nicknames I guess

  • Milind Shah


  • runderekrun

    Hey cool it fixed the voice delay with Tasker.

    • apfelcake

      What are you using with Google now and tasked?:)

      • runderekrun

        Well when I connect to my home wifi Tasker asks "Would you like to turn your computer on?" The last Google Search update made it so it was pretty much impossible for me to say "yes" due to a weird 6 second delay before the voice command would be recognized. Well actually, now that I think about it, Tasker updated today too so really either one could have fixed it :P

  • Chaosprower

    What I'd want is the "Ok, Google" hotword working in more locations and languages.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    How did you get to the nicknames bit? It's not there for me.

    • usaff22

      Seems that it's US only :(

      • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

        Well that's a real shame

      • http://andreavenditti.com Andrea Venditti

        Oh really, what a surprise. That's so unusual for Google products. [almost ironic]

        • peatcoal

          How is that in any way ironic or "almost ironic"?

    • rob damiani

      just say "call my wife" for example. Google Now will walk you through the setup. Very easy.

  • erz2192

    Still have not added proper timer functionality :(

  • Seth Merritt

    Were tv and VOD providers always an option?

    • Chaosprower

      Yes, even if it's useless in your territory.

  • Joel Anderson

    The nicknames menu causes my HTC M8 GPe to freeze. Odd.

    • JoeDirt2217

      Same thing on S4

      • John Seidner

        same thing on my Nexus 5 stock rooted.

  • Derek Traini

    This looks new as well. Maybe other options such as "Ok Google Everywhere" could show up here in the future?

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

      That's not new.

      • Derek Traini

        Ah ok, thanks!

    • Garrett

      Leaving "Block offensive words" checked adds a slight slowdown in voice recognition. Just thought it was worth mentioning.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Video on demand providers can now be selected in the customize area.

    • Roger

      That was there. I've used it for a while but never noticed it mentioned in previous updates. It's somewhat useful.

      • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

        Nice, I hadn't explored deep enough before.

  • Adam Truelove

    The parking locator better get you pretty close or it's useless. Telling me what block I parked on doesn't do me much good.

    • MdR guy

      Some people are so clueless that they don't even know if they parked to the north or to the south of something...

      I can't think of a time I have ever lost my car, but when I am with friends/family, and I am not the one navigating back, I cannot believe how lost they can be sometimes.

      • Dennis Ulijn

        There are many times when I've remembered in what field i parked, but not what exact spot...

    • JPB

      It's going to be as good as your device's GPS and wifi location capabilities.

  • Eric

    Nickname setting in the search app?
    It's getting confusing and messy.

    • Bob G

      No, it is not. Nicknames for easy voice command calling and texting is fantastic, especially for hands-free!

      • Eric

        Yes, I know what it does. It just seems wrong placing there.

      • pfmiller

        The point is there is already a place for nicknames in contacts. Does this store the nickname in your contacts when you create it here?

        • Simon Belmont

          That's different. I believe that one in the contacts sets the nickname that people can see for you in Google+.

          The nicknames in Google Now are not related that. Hope this helps.

          • pfmiller

            No, there's a nickname field that can be created for every contact, and if you set a nickname you can refer to the person by that name in Google Now. It works perfectly and has for a long time.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yes. I realize that (For example I've had "Mom" in that field for a long time with my mother's real name as the contact), but it's not the SAME "nickname" that you're setting IN Google Now as shown in the article above.

            Like I said above, there's a difference. Those two nicknames are not linked (which was an answer to your original question above).

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

          So half-assed. Not only that, but it doesn't sync them to the cloud at all. So your nicks are strictly per-device.

          • Simon Belmont

            Now that is stupid. No cloud syncing of the nicknames?

            I knew it wasn't the same as the ones in the contacts, but you'd think they'd store it somewhere. Fail.

      • Simon Belmont

        It's nice. I do like being able to say "send a text to my wife" for texting.

        Sadly, it's not completely hands free until they let us access Google Now / Search when the screen is off either via Bluetooth headsets or touchless controls (or both), and when they start letting hear texts sent to us be read aloud. That and reading aloud messages we've dictated before sending them (to check for errors), all hands free. But, I have a feeling we'll see this with that OK Google everywhere thing. Can't wait.

  • http://communityfirstdigital.co.uk/ Luke Arran

    US Only?

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    Just a heads up, if you're using XGELS Xposed module with GNL, this update breaks it.

    • rslh

      How so?

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        The settings don't apply anymore. Likely have to wait until the module is updated.

        • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

          Comment from the developer in the donators G+ group: "They are there. And we are pretty much done. Seems like Google obfuscated the apk. Thats it...."

          Doesn't look good for the future of XGELS...

          • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

            Ugh...makes no sense Google putting out a great launcher, with no options or customization. Ridiculous. Guess it's back to Nova.

  • sal marciniak

    Found somthing do a voice search for "what does the Fox say"

    • usaff22

      That's been there for a while.

  • Awesome

    Great. Now I'm going to see fifteen comments about someone that was brought here by IFTTT in every APK download article.

    Great feature. We know, we know.

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      Too bad there's not a recipe to downvote every comment that mentions IFTTT in the AP comments section...

      • Simon Belmont

        Haha. Including yours.

        But, I'm nice. I upvoted yours.

    • DirkBelig

      You need an IFTTT recipe to automate your whining about people posting that they were alerted by IFTTT to the APK download.

      • Simon Belmont

        He has one post, dude. I wouldn't call that something that needs to be automated.

        I also wouldn't call it whining as he even said it was a great feature. Plus, you're whining about his "whining."

        • http://franklinc.ca/ Franklin

          in other words whine for everyone?

          • Drago

            Whine, lose, or draw. How about some cheese with that whine.

            Whiners and losers. Whine, whine, whine, whine, whine, whine, whine.

  • Taco Monster

    Did installing the APK destroy all settings in Now Launcher for anyone else?

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      According to the dev of XGELS:

      "And we are pretty much done. Seems like Google obfuscated the apk. Thats it...."

  • RSerda

    I got this update from Play Store about 45 minutes ago... surprising!? NICE! :)

  • CharlesTF

    Anonymous Statistics if you're using Google Now Launcher

  • O’s Fan91

    I like the parking location, but it is giving me a pretty large circle area. Hopefully it will get smaller. I like Google

  • MdR guy

    I am not running the Xposed module, but this update killed all my settings in the Google Search app. I can open settings, but when I press on anything, nothing happens.

    Note 2, rooted 4.3

  • Benjamin S.

    So the nickname option seems to be US only, when you say "ok google, call mom" it still asks you to tell it who "mom" is but it does not save what you select then. Sad :(

  • LocBox

    how do you even find and setup the parking card?

    • Andrew

      I think it's supposed to be automatic via activity detection. (i.e. it looks for activity that seems like riding in a car, and waits for that to turn to activity that looks like walking).

      • s_bomb

        So as someone who doesn't own a car, am I going to have parking cards popping up every time I get out of a taxi/bus/etc? Hopefully there is an off switch when the cards start popping up, haven't been in a car today so I haven't had a chance to see how this works yet.

  • garyo

    I just got this version, but my what's new says something totally different:
    - traffic incidents on your route
    - support for cricket (what's that?)
    - set reminders for chains
    - "Ok Google" hotword for German and French

    why's mine different?

    • Chaosprower

      Because the changelog has not been updated yet.

    • NBM

      cricket's a sport

  • Guest

    No Nicknames here. (Brazil).

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    Rachel went from being a wife to not being a wife so fast. :D

    • RyanWhitwam

      Marriages rarely last more than 10 minutes in fast-paced world of Google search.

  • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

    RIP XGELS. :(

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Why? Does this update enable custom grids and other customization in the GEL?

      • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

        Nope, but it broke everything in XGELS and Google obfuscated the apk so the dev can't fix it.


        • runderekrun


        • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

          Yea, read your comment below. I didn't use it anyway. The gesture controls weren't working as it is. Until I get 80% of features of Nova, I'm not moving to other launcher.

  • Tucker Mulcahy

    Thanks for the apk, but as a warning to anyone using the the Xposed GEL Settings, it broke my ability to hide the apps from the app drawer :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/danieltye88 Tungmeister

    Not sure if this is a UK constraint but I'm not seeing any nicknames option

  • blakjakdavy

    I use a Google apps account and am not seeing the parking card. Anyone else?

  • miri

    Another change: the infamous re-arranging search options have found their way to mobile.

  • Brad

    Can't wait to see how accurate the parking card is.

  • jamesfuston

    The nickname functionality doesn't appear to work if you've set a phonetic name for the contact, and there seems to be a very small set. Roommate/room mate doesn't trigger the nickname functionality.

    • jamesfuston

      This is hit or miss. Some contacts with phonetic names work, others don't. Still a great feature.

  • Peter H.

    I updated via the play store.

  • http://about.me/robblaich Rob Blaich

    Why do Nicknames not work in Canada? I just installed the APK from here and it still doesn't show up above Commute Sharing.

  • Andrew

    Was anyone else using xposed gel settings if so this destroys it I found out the hard way. I have a gnex so the huge icons are a waste

  • Tapewormlatvia

    "Ok Google" hotword detection has changed again. It is now either On or Off for both the app and the homescreens of GNL. You cannot change the listening settings separately, like you could in the previous version.

  • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

    so with this update killing xgels, does anyone have a bead on a launcher app that replicates the GEL now screen?

    • Franco Rossel

      No such thing. GNL is closed source for a reason.

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      KK Launcher does it, for the most part. You still lose the "OK Google" hotword though.

      • http://www.gundamaustralia.com/ cameron charles

        will check it out thanks i knew id lose the hotword i just come to like the dedicated now screen really

        • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

          It does include that.

  • Steven

    Is it just me or did we lose the ability to import icons and folders from old home screens?

  • Crispin Swickard

    Hmm. haven't seen it do it yet. maybe its partially server side?

  • Steven

    Seeing the following stuff in the APK...

    - References to "package state" (Waiting, Downloading, Installing, Unknown, Not Restored)

    - Ability to set and view timers. I don't see the ability to do it yet, but it's in there

    - It actually says "Sending Text" instead of "Sending Message" when using voice commands to send texts! Plus several other areas where it separates the word "message" into "text" and "email"

    - Perhaps an always listening feature? "Listen while charging" and "Listen if the device is unlocked"

  • miri

    Just got the 'Watch Now' card and it's looking pretty snazzy: a transparent banner black overlaying cover art rather than the usual blue.

  • ye

    Seems like image search now includes a handy menu button. Or am I stupid and this was already there?

  • http://sundaymorninggeekery.blogspot.com/ Kieran McGuire

    I think I found another feature. Near a commercial complex, I was given the option to search stores and services.

    Apologies if it's not new, but it's certainly the first time I've seen it.

  • Austin Tompkins

    Before the update, the Hotword Detection menu had a toggle to turn it on / off, and a check box to listen on home page. Now it's just a toggle that says both. Anyone else notice this?

  • Sibee

    This isn't working on my S3. Do you need to be a certain version. I'm still on 4.1.2. It goes through the motions of asking for me to pick a contact but doesn't save it. Also there is no nickname option in the Accounts and Settings. Anyone?

    • Sibee

      Ignore me... It's obviously US only

  • allen

    Google Now also provides a list of stores when you are at a mall. You can also search for a store.

  • dcdttu

    Can Now finally let me assign addresses other than 'work' and 'home?'

    I'd LOVE information about my drive to my friends' houses, but unless you literally search for a location, you can't get it to show up, which is silly.

    I search for hundreds of things I will never need drive-times to, yet drive to my best friend's house all the time and, for the life of me, can't get Now to tell me about that.

  • tokuiten

    Dammit... I want to keep "Ok Google", but I don't want to use GNL without XGELS, because GNL is shit without XGELS.

    Anyone got a way to keep GNL on and listening in the background even when a different launcher is active?

  • pallzoltan

    Parking cars showed up today! Czech Republic.

  • pallzoltan

    Parking cars showed up today! Czech Republic.

  • slas

    what happens after i install and update the app via APK? will the app stop getting updates from the Google playstore?

  • http://www.kawingli.com Ka Wing Li

    There's a new update for Google Search v3.4.16.1149292. Does anybody know what's new on it?

  • http://www.kawingli.com Ka Wing Li

    There's a new update for Google Search v3.4.16.1149292. Does anyone know what's new on it?

  • tlingitsoldier

    The nicknames feature is not working for me. Before anyone yells at me, yes, I'm in the US and using English. If I say "X is my Y", it will only do a search. If I say "call my Y" and try to go through the setup, it will always say, "the person was not recognized". If I try to manually pick the contact, it will never stick. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, as well as clearing cache and data, but still nothing. Any ideas? The only thing I can find when searching is another AS article that mentions "the person was not recognized" as a string in version 3.3.