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Google Search app brings Google Now to Jelly Bean (pictures)

We take a close look at the Google Search app, which comes preinstalled on all Android devices. Unfortunately, though, only Jelly Bean devices get the cool Google Now features.

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Simple controls

The quick tutorial when you first open the Google Search app shows you how to effectively use Google Now's features.
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Powerful search

When searching for well-known places or people, Google Search returns vital info up top. Also, notice the toolbar on bottom that lets you swap among different types of search results.
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Voice recognition

With Google Now, the Google Search app can understand natural language queries.
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Smart cards

With permission, Google Now can look at your search history, e-mail, location, and other data in order to serve you cards with important information.
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Flight information

Google Now cards can even take information like flight itineraries in your e-mail and give you a card to remind you of your flight schedule.

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