Wednesday 19 October 2016

How to add Google Assistant to any Android device

Google Assistant

Google Assistant includes some of coolest features bundled with Google Pixel.

The flagship new smartphone ships with the eerily-accurate assistant preinstalled – one of a handful of exclusive Android Nougat features included in the first phone to be "made by Google".

In a nutshell, the Google Assistant is a personified version of the Google Now panel that has been a mainstay since Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Google Assistant is summoned by saying "Ok Google" on pressing and holding on the Home Button at the bottom of the display.

Talking to the virtual Assistant takes the form of a text conversation, with speech bubbles displaying your questions and Google’s responses.

It's fast – and rarely misunderstands you.

Unfortunately, it looked like those who wanted to try-out Google Assistant would have to buy a Pixel or Pixel XL – or start using Google Allo as their default instant messaging app.

However a number of users have claimed it is possible to add the futuristic virtual assistant to existing hardware by delving into root and bootloaders.

As a precaution you need to understand what you are doing. This is completely at your own risk.

Avoiding root could be handy, especially if you want to get early access to updates via the Android Beta Program. Here are the steps:

1. Uninstall the Google app from your device before proceeding with this method

2. Download these three .zip files and copy them to your phone’s internal storage

3. Reboot your phone into recovery mode

4. Navigate to Install within your custom recovery menu and install and

5. After the installation finishes, reboot your device

6. Once your device reboots, you will need to manually grant permission to use the microphone and other accessories by heading to the Apps section of your Settings app

7. In the Settings app, find Google – tap Permissions and enable the necessary permissions

8. Long press on the virtual Home Button to summon the Google Assistant



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