Saturday , June 23 2018

Google Assistant accidentally shows up on non-Pixel phones

In a bit of a ‘whoops’ moment, it seems that an alpha version of Google’s eponymous app rolled out, and while it was pretty unstable and buggy, users who have sideloaded the app since are reporting that they’ve gained access to Google Assistant.

With Google v.6.13, users of Nexus 6P and Alcatel Idol 4 have reported Google Assistant showing up and working, and reportedly other phones are showing up as supported as well.

On first run, users are greeted with a message informing them of the upgrade:

New! You just got the Google Assistant

From that point, pressing and holding down the home button reveals the typical “Hi, how can I help?” prompt which we’re used to on Pixel phones. Complete settings for Assistant are now available in the Google app, as are tutorials listing what Assistant can do.

From what we understand, this is likely an error, and will be corrected fairly quickly, either with a new app version and/or a server side switch to stop Assistant showing up where it shouldn’t.

If you like to live dangerously, you can download the alpha build of the Google app yourselves and try it out thanks to APK Mirror. If it starts to muck up and cause problems, you can always uninstall it, and reinstall from the Play Store to revert to a stable version.

Let us know how you get on!

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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I’m not getting it on my moto G2 6.1

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Didn’t work on my 6P when I tried it a few hours ago. But I did get all the new menu items/card layouts. Phone was getting hot and chewing through battery though so reverted to the latest beta again instead.

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Murray

Still working for those that have it? I read somewhere they’ve switched it off server side

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Still working on my M8

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Judging by the Android Police article, who gets it and who doesn’t seems random at the moment. For instance, two of the AP team sideloaded the apk on a Nexus 6P, one got it and the other didn’t.

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Dean Rosolen

I don’t think this was an accident. I think this is just Google teasing us that Assistant will be making its way to other phones.

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Working on HTC One M8 on stock 6.0 too
Edit: and and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro on stock 6.0.1

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Greg Neal

I don’t get assistant on my HTC m8 5.0.1

Jamie S
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Jamie S

Weird, why don’t you have 6.0?

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