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New Google app update hints at Google Assistant on non-Pixel smartphones

Google Assistant

Google had revamped Google Now last year into the Google Assistant; however, it was said to be limited to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. While there are rumors hinting that the LG G6 could be the first smartphone apart from the Pixel range to feature the new assistant, Google could be just adding more phones to the list.

Spotted first by Android Police, a new alpha version of the Google app with version number 6.13 was released for users signed up to the beta channel. The release suggests that Google might release an updated version of the app bundled with the new Assistant.

Google Assistant Galaxy Note 5

According to reports, the app enables the Assistant when you hold down the Home button (just like ‘Now on Tap’). It was tested on a Galaxy Note 5 running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow as well as a Nexus 6P running on the latest 7.1.1 Nougat update.

Of course, it is still an early build, but it is good to know that Google is tinkering with its new Assistant and trying to bring it to other devices. Something similar had happened when the Google Now was launched exclusively to Nexus owners. Eventually, the Google Launcher was released on the Play Store as a standalone app for all the smartphones.

I strongly advise the readers to not try out the alpha build, as being in early stages it could damage your phone's software.

Source: Android Police
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