Back in May 2016 at the Google I/O, Google announced their own assistant named Google Assistant. The fact that it was exclusive to Pixel owners left many die-hard Nexus fan dejected. But starting today Google Assistant can be installed on any phone running Marshmallow and above simply by updating the Play Service. Google assistant is an updated version of Google Now that is found on every android phone running KitKat and later. Google Assistant is used for automating different commands on your phone with your voice. It responds to “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” voice commands. It is very useful if you want to get things done on your phone hands-free. One thing that separates Google Assistant from others is its ability to have a 2-way conversation. It even remembers all your previous questions and gives correct answers accordingly.
Here in this guide, I will tell you how to install Google Assistant on your phones even if you have non-Pixel phones or phones running on Marshmallow.
First of all, there is a set of requirements which you need to aware of before starting the installation. In order for you to run Google Assistant on your smartphone, it needs to have a display with a resolution of at least 720 x 1280. Along with that, 1.5GB of RAM is also mandatory apart from running 6.0 Marshmallow or above version of Android. With that out of the way, we can now focus on getting the Google Assistant up and running on your smartphone.
The Google Assistant comes as a part of an update to Google Play Services and this is done to avoid update go through the manufacturer and carrier testing, etc. And hence, if you are tired of waiting, then all you have to do is, simply head over to the source link given down below and install the Google Play Services APK. Also, you need to set the language of your device as English (United States). You can follow the steps given below.
- To change the language, head over to Settings > Languages and Input > Languages > Check if the language is English (US) or not. If not change it to English (US).
- Download the latest version of the Google Play services from the source link given below.
- Once you have downloaded the APK, simply copy it to the internal storage of your device.
- Now, the next step is to go to settings > security > Unknown sources > and check the box that allows you to install apps from 3rd party developers.
- Now, tap on the APK to open it and begin the installation of the same.
- Once the update finishes, the Google Assistant should be up and running.
- If the assistant is still not running, try clearing data of Google App.
Update : This method will only work if your phone language was set to English US at the time of setting your phone for the first time. If you still want Google Assistant on your phone then try flashing the rom again and select your language as English(US). Be sure to flash the latest GApps(Tested and working on One Plus 2)
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