It was inevitable. Since the infusion of Google Now into the official Google Search app, jailbreak developers have begun releasing Cydia packages to tweak how the app works.

StartToNow is one of the first such tweaks. It forces Google Now to be the first thing to appear when you launch the official Google Search app. More inside…

StartToNow Screen

After installing StartToNow from Cydia, you’ll find a new preference panel for the tweak. This panel contains a simple on/off toggle for StartToNow, and it doesn’t require a respring to take effect.

To test StartToNow, I killed the Google Search app, enabled the tweak, and launched the app. As expected, the app launched right to Google Now, with location based cards in tow.

The developer notes that if you use a service or Google search,and switch from the app, then search or service will be the first item to display when switching back to the app. This feature seeks to maintain a cohesive search experience. If you kill the app, then Google Now will again launch first.

StartToNow is available on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it is free of charge. If you use it, let us know how your experience went in the comments below.

  • Prasoon Singh

    This is great! I’ll try out the tweak. This should have been by default.
    Edit: This tweak works great! Though you still have to tap on the microphone button to talk.

    • #firstworldproblems

    • deepdvd

      Does it work with Activoice?

      • Prasoon Singh

        I don’t know. I don’t have that tweak.

      • SweKiwi

        How do you mean? Activoice does a search for you. How is that going to interfere or be compatiable with this tweak. Your question doesn’t make sense.

      • deepdvd

        I needed to be more clear. As you probably know, Activoice has specific Activator actions that all open the Google Search app for a specific task. I just wanted to know if anyone who had also had StartToNow knew if it interferes with those specific actions. Ideally, StartToNow would only have an effect if you tap on Google Search from the Home screen.

  • Awesome 🙂

  • How do I prevent from logging out of google now? Every time when I open google now and log in, and after that close the app. It’s logged out. Does the app need to be active for that?

    • Max Katzmann

      Is this issue related to the tweak or does it occur, even when StartToNow is turned off?

      • Even when the tweak is turned off. It still logs out

      • Max Katzmann

        Unfortunately I can’t help you then :/ Sorry!

      • It’s okay thanks anyway ^^

      • Try reinstalling it. It may just be buggy with you.

  • Excellent. I’ve been waiting for this.

  • inf3rn0

    Anyone know how to manually add a card? Searched Lakers multiple times, but Google’s never adding it as one of my teams…