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Topic # 189082 16-Dec-2015 12:25
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I have two Galaxy Tab 8.9's here with cyanogenmod OS's (10.1 and 11.0) and both now have google search crashing. 

The kitkat one runs Google Now and has just lately decided to crash search with the 'Unfortunately, Google App has stopped' error. The other one just does nothing when you click on the search field.

Clearly, google app updates have created this situation and I don't know how best to sort it. I did regress the search app by re-applying the gapps suite to get it working but it quickly updated itself so back to square one.

I have also cleared data and Dalvik cache to no avail. Looks like a fundamental clash.

I could wait in the hope that another update will fix it, I guess. Or maybe download the original Samsung OS, but that will be a pretty old version.

Anyone got any bright ideas, please?



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  Reply # 1451721 16-Dec-2015 16:45
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I would recommend going to Settings > Apps > All, selecting the Google app (take note of version no.) and choosing the uninstalling updates option.

Then go to https://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-search/ (reliably safe site to download APKs from, it is run by the AndroidPolice site) and download a slightly older version than you had installed (a 4.1+ arm version is what you are after).

Once installed, go to the Google Play Store and disable auto updates for the Google app (3 dot button).



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  Reply # 1453272 18-Dec-2015 22:35
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Thanks for that advice, Brad. I tried a 5.1.1 ver in my tablet and it still has the search problem as it just exits the search after a few seconds. 

The BIG tip for me was the bit about being able to stop updates as I didn't know about that.

Quite like the 5.1.1 so will be happy to get the search sorted.

Will give it a go and report back.





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  Reply # 1453835 20-Dec-2015 11:34
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Success, thanks to Brad.

I used version 4.4.9.16.arm. Works fine, incl "OK Google" option.

If anyone needs this approach, you need to uninstall the newer 'Google app' from Playstore before installing the older apk.

Hopefully, I have been able to stop updates, as well.



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