Now you can get Google Assistant on any Android phone

Published By: Myrna Salomon on January 11, 2017 12:17 pm EST

As exclusive feature for Pixel device, Google released Google Assistant – its take on the virtual personal assistant. Even though Google Now was already very feature-rich, Google really stepped it up a notch with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant has the ability to carry forward two-way conversations and is equipped with contextual awareness as well. It is clearly the right step forward in terms of virtual assistant, but there is one caveat. It is currently only available on Pixel and Pixel XL. Fortunately, there is a way around as well. Thanks to the helpful folks over at XDA Developers, you can now easily enable Google Assistant without having to change your device name as previously required. 

Also, the previous method broke OK Google detection, which was a no-go for many as expected. This flashable ZIP file should enable Google Assistant in the Allo application.

What You Need 

 

Step 1: First, download the appropriate ZIP file for your device type and copy it to the root of its internal storage. 

Step 2: With the file in place, reboot your phone into recovery mode. Most devices have different key configurations to get into Recovery, so simply search Google for the ones associated with your device. 

Step 3: Once in Recovery, navigate to the Wipe section and then wipe the cache. 

Step 4: Next, go to Install and navigate to the location of the ZIP file. Select the file and flash it. 

Now all you need to do is reboot your device and Google Assistant will be enabled in Allo.