Google Now on the Galaxy S4

Google's predictive search app is alive and well on the Galaxy S4 -- and there are a few ways to get to it quickly

On many Android phones with on-screen keys, getting to Google Now -- the excellent predictive/voice-controlled search app in Android 4.1 and above -- is simply a matter of swiping up from the bottom of the screen. It's not quite as simple as that on the new Samsung Galaxy S4, but fear not, there are still a few quick and easy ways to get to the new Google Search app.

  1. At any time, long-press the home key to bring up the task switcher. Then press the "G" icon at the bottom of the screen, in the middle.
  2. Put an app shortcut or widget on your home screen. If you're using Google Now a lot, this lets you open it with a single tap. Using a Google Now widget also lets you see cards without opening up the app.
  3. From the home screen, long-press the menu key. This will launch you straight into the Google Search bar, and you'll see your Google Now cards below recent search results.

Neither of these area quite as quick as a swipe-up gesture, but if you get used to how Google Now works on the Galaxy S4, it's still easy enough to take full advantage of it.

Task switcher Home screen and widget Google Search

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How to get to Google Now on the Samsung Galaxy S4


There's also an app, Home2 Shortcut that lets you remap the double tap home button shortcut from S Voice to Google Now.

^^ This.

- First disable S Voice's Home Button double-tap from within the app settings
- then install Home2Shortcut
- Set Voice Search or Google as the app to launch on double-tap
- Choose your regular launcher (usually TouchWiz) to be opened on home button push
- Press Close at the bottom or press the Home button
- Choose Home2Shortcut as your default Home

Voilá! You can now double-tap to open Google Now!

what you can do is install nova or apex launcher and have a swipe up action on the app drawer icon in the dock, really quick that way as well or a general swipe up gesture as well

The question is, will the long press allow you to set it as the default? I seem to kinda sorta remember that is the way it was on the S3 but it has been so long since I was on stock...

woah! you mean there's android and google products on the samsung phone??! this is the first time i hear of such sorcery, a samsung phone uses android?!?! and google too?! just, noway... seriously, the number of people asking me whats android after they ask me if they should buy an iphone or a samsung and i begin to explain is just stupid.

In the settings you can add apps to the lock screen. If you add the Google search app ti the lock screen, you can just swipe up and go directly to Google Now. It may not work if you have a password or pin to unlock your phone. I haven't tried that.

Use Holo Launcher HD as your launcher. In the settings there's an option to add a permanent google now search bar that stays at the top of all the screens.