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How to get Google Now working fully outside of the USA

Posted on: August 19, 2012

It seems a fair few people are having issues configuring Google Now to give them the smooth female voice, images in the search content and the ability to send texts, set alarms etc.

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Follow this tutorial and you should be sorted in no time.

The problem is that the phones native language should be set to US English, and the Google Now search needs to be configured to use google.com

Configuring Android Language

  • Go to Settings
  • Language & input
  • Language
  • English (United States)

Downloading Language Packs

  • Go to Settings
  • Language & input
  • Google voice typing (settings)
  • Download offline speech recognition
  • English (United States)

Configure Voice Search

  • Go to Settings
  • Language & input
  • Voice Search
  • Language
  • English (United States)

Configure Text-to-speech

  • Go to Settings
  • Language & input
  • Tech-to-speech output
  • Google Text-to-speech (settings)
  • Language
  • English (United States)

Configure Google Now

  • Go to Google Now
  • Settings
  • Privacy and accounts
  • Tick box for “Search on google.com”

 

 Note: If you are in a Google Apps domain (rather than gmail.com/etc.), you will need to enable this feature as an administrator:

Google Apps Control Panel -> Settings -> Mobile -> Org Settings.

Click the checkbox beside “Enable Google Now.” for the “organization” which should have access to the service.

This should do it.  Try asking Google Now how tall the Empire State Building is and it should give you a card with a photo and read you the results.

Via Greg Hesp blog

1 Response to "How to get Google Now working fully outside of the USA"

Thanks for this post! I confirm it works like a charm in the Czech Republic where the local language is not yet fully supported by Google.

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