A new update to the Google App is reportedly bringing the elusive Google Assistant to non-Pixel phones led by the Google Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
According to fresh reports coming from Android Police, the new Google App, although an alpha release, comes with the AI voice assistant that has remained exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones since its launch back in October 2016. One thing you need to note is that this current Google App is an alpha and as such, it is very buggy. However, it is the only way for you to possibly get to interact with the Google Assistant for the first time on your phone Samsung Galaxy Note 5 or Google Nexus 6P.
Keep in mind that Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is still running on the year-old Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, but since the Google App version 6.13 APK is available for download, it can be installed on possibly any Android device. As for the Nexus 6P, it is running on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat.
This is definitely interesting as it seems that the search engine giant is possibly going to push the Google Assistant to non-Google Pixel devices. The AI digital assistant launched with the two Pixel phones and other than these two, the only other place to find it is the Google Home. But this is going to end soon, at least for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6P users.
Of course, not everyone who has their phone installed with Google App 6.13 has the Google Assistant turned on. As it is, the feature seems to be available on a limited number of devices or rather users. Apparently, someone using the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and another using an Alcatel Idol 4 have managed to activate the Google Assistant after installing the Google App APK on their devices.
In case you have installed v6.13 of the app, you can confirm if the Google Assistant is on board by holding the Home button, similar to the way you launch Google Now on Tap. If it’s there, you should see a dialogue displaying the message “New! You just got the Google Assistant.” From there, you can proceed with setting up the service, which involves voice training.
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