Want to install Google Assistant on your Android smartphone but don’t want to spend lots of money on one of the Google Pixel smartphones? Although Google claims it to be one of the best smartphone assistants in the contemporary world, unfortunately, you can use Google Assistant only on the Google Pixel smartphones. That’s perhaps Google’s way of telling you that if you want to use Google Assistant, you better purchase a Google Pixel. Just imagine, spending so much money just to use a digital assistant!
At various places on the Internet people are trying to figure out how to install Google Assistant on any Android smartphone and many of them have actually figured it out.
First of all, I never recommend playing around with your smartphone or for that matter, any gadget if there is no need. You have had a pretty good life even without Google Assistant to assist you. Google Now works almost as good and pretty much all the commands that you want to try out with Google Assistant can also be used in Google Now. So follow these instructions only if you are fine with messing up with your smartphone, not being able to use it for a while and you really, really want to use Google Assistant.
With this out of the way, let’s see how some people are trying to install Google Assistant on their Android smartphones.
Here are the most important things that you need to keep in mind before you go on with installing Google Assistant on any other, non-Google Pixel smartphone running Android:
- You need to have root access
- Your smartphone needs to be running Android Nougat, the latest Android version
Having root access to your smartphone can in itself turn into an adventure and it exposes your smartphone to various attacks. So try to get root access to your smartphone only if it is absolutely necessary.
Here is a nice YouTube video that explains to you how to install Google Assistant on your Android smartphone
This link on XDA Forum has a list of Android smartphones on which there is a possibility that you can install Google Assistant after upgrading to Android Nougat. This link is also compiling all the ways on how to install Google Assistant on any Android smartphone along with step-by-step instructions.
Another good link is on Lifehacker. It has easy to follow step-by-step instructions on how you can install Google Assistant on any Android smartphone.
Again, most of the tutorials begin with that you just need a small tweak in order to install Google Assistant on your Android smartphone but it is easier said than done. Before that “small tweak” you need to have many things working on your smartphone. So do it at your own risk.