Biggest advantage of de-coupling core OS apps from the Android OS itself? You get updates instantly. With Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google enhanced Google Now with more features including the ability to notify you about hotel or restaurant confirmations and reservations and more. The best part? The update is already live in the Play store.
Since Google Now/Search is not a part of the core Android OS, Google can easily update it without waiting for OEMs to update their Android devices to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
What’s in this version:
For Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean), Google Search is faster plus:
– Google Now works with Gmail (English only)
– Restaurant reservations
– Hotel confirmations
– New Now cards: nearby attractions & photo spots, movies opening in theaters, concerts & more
– New voice actions: launch apps, schedule meetings & check when your next appointment is
Google Now puts you in control: at any time, adjust or turn off individual Now cards within Settings.
Keep in mind that the update is only for Android 4.1.x Jelly Bean running Android devices, and not Ice Cream Sandwich.