When Google announced the Google Pixel and Pixel XL a few months ago, besides a top-notch camera and updated specifications, one of the highlights of the presentation was the all new Google Assistant. Based on the artificial intelligence that the search giant is currently working on, Google Assistant is one of the best online assistants out there.
A small downside is that Google Assistant is currently available exclusively only on Pixel devices and it does not come pre-installed with Android Nougat. This means that if you have another phone with Android Nougat, it won’t have Google Assistant.
Luckily, Google Assistant is nothing more than a piece of code, which means it isn’t hardware-related and can be installed on other Android devices than just on the Pixel and Pixel XL, even though you need to have a custom recovery.
So, what do you need to have if you want to enable Google Assistant on your non-Pixel device? It can be a Samsung Galaxy, LG, HTC, OnePlus or any other device that fulfills two requirements:
- It has a stock Android Nougat firmware installed (not confirmed if skinned builds are supported)
- It has the latest version of TWRP recovery installed. TWRP is the most important part of the process ans you cannot enable Google Assistant without it.
Download the archive on your phone and turn it off. Go into recovery mode and flash the Google Assistant enabler. Reboot your phone and you will be good to go. If Google Assistant is not working, go to Settings > Applications > Google and wipe app data.
Also, if you are using a OnePlus 3 device, Google Assistant can be activated by pressing and holding the fingerprint scanner for one second.