No Need for Google Pixel, Pixel XL – Google Assistant Works Perfectly on Nexus 6P

Google Pixel, Pixel XL vs Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X

One of the major highlights of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL during the company’s launch event was the inclusion of the Google Assistant – an AI-based assistant that has bene baked deep into the phones.

At the time, it was hinted that the feature, which came in courtesy of Android 7.1 Nougat, an operating system that is only available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, will remain exclusive to the Pixel lineup, at least for now. The first sight of the Google Assistant in action came when the company released Google Allo, its new messaging app for Android and iOS devices.

The Assistant can do lots of things from within the app, including keeping you company when there is actually no real human to talk to. The Assistant can even get funny with you and its ability to do this depends on you, that is, it keeps on learning how you communicate and interact with others and in this way, it is able to tell what you prefer most. It is Google’s attempt to establish a better connection between humans and machines.

Apart from Google Allo, the only other place you can encounter this Assistant is the new Pixel and Pixel XL phones, at least according to Google. However, according to folks down at XDA Developers, this Google Assistant is not just limited to these two, but it can also work perfectly on the older Google Nexus 6P. If you are the type who likes trying out new things, you can head over to the XDA thread to get acquainted with what needs to be done.


Apparently, the build.prop file on your Google Nexus 6P must be replaced with another file from the XDA Developers forum and in so doing, the system will be tricked into thinking that the Nexus 6P is indeed a Google Pixel or Pixel XL. Once this is done, the Google Assistant shouldn’t have any problems running on the 2015 phone.

Keep in mind that this is not official and as such, you may end up with a broken device. As a result, it is recommended that you keep a backup of your data before making this audacious move.

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