The highly-anticipated Google Assistant all-set to come to non-Pixel smartphones, which can be enabled with the new alpha Google app update in the future. Here are the details on this topic.
Some users already been signed up to the Google app beta channel have indeed be receiving an unusual “alpha” release version 6.13 update. It’s the beta version we aren’t entirely clear whether it was meant to find its way into the wild, and judging by many unexpected buggy issues.
The release of the Google app v6.13 update is what users now getting in the “alpa” state has lots of bugs, which isn’t something you’re going to want to try because alpha release apps are generally vulnerable, but some folks receiving the latest beta of the Google app are also reporting that it enables Google Assistant on non-Pixel phones.
The source here reported the feature and noted that the alpha app’s release in the Beta channel was likely a mistake, so there’s still no guarantee Assistant will be coming to all phones anytime soon, even if it does seem likely…!
In fact, not everyone is getting Google Assistant enabled to what it makes it work for some and not for others. As aforementioned, the newly outed one is not a stable release anymore, but if you absolutely have to try it, you can get the APK from the source link provided below the end of the post.
Once installed, you have to simply long press the Home button as you normally would for Google Now, and see if the notification at the top of the post pops up. If you find yourself and experience weird behavior, tapping the search bar, then backing out of it seems to clear up most of the problems until the next reboot.
However, the new Google app brings the ability to add payments information to Google Assistant on Pixel smartphones, Lite mode, and a recent searches page to the table. Both f which can be disabled in your account settings. There’s still evidence in the code for an advanced offline search that will also download the first few page results when you regain connectivity (in case you lose network access again shortly thereafter) and upcoming Keyboard input for Google Assistant.
The v6.13 alpha update also shows up Google Assistant on several non-Pixel smartphones including, Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Nexus 6P among others. The rollout of Google Assistant is somewhat unfortunate, while the settings page in the Google App is recognizing these devices as Google’s Pixel line.
Rest of the features include the Lite Mode, which basically changes the layout of the web page into a simpler form that consumes slow data. Also, there is a ‘Recent’ search feature, that lets user take a look at the previously searched pages later on. Also Read: Developers Can Now Build Actions On Google Assistant, Opens For All Requested
There’s a lot more detail in APK teardown of the Google App, to get that, you have to download the update if you want to delve more into future version of Google app.
(Source: Android Police)
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