Google has just announced the details of the next update to Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean, including some updates to search and Google Now. 

But don’t worry, this time you'll be spared the hand-wringing and nail-biting wait as manufacturers and networks drag their heels through compatibility testing. 

Google Search is a separate app and this is what fuels the results in Google Now. There's an update ready for those with Jelly Bean handsets, so head over to Google Play and download it.

The new update claims that it brings with it increased speed, which it does, as well Google Now now working with Gmail, to find flights, restaurant reservations, hotel confirmations, events and packages.

READ: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean announced

New cards arrive too, offering nearby attractions (presumably from Field Trip), theatres and concerts.

Interestingly there are new voice actions to let you launch apps, set meetings and check your appointments. Sounds very Siri-ous.

We've also noted that there's an update to Google Maps, which says it's to improve search results.

We're off to talk to our phones, we suggest you do the same.