Some people have, who are using the latest alpha of the Google app, are reporting that it enables Google Assistant on non-Pixel phones. Android Police reported the feature, but noted that there’s no guarantee Google Assistant will be coming to all phones anytime soon, as the alpha release may have been a mistake.
To begin with, this alpha version enables some features that had previously been seen in testing like a page of recent search topics and lite mode. There is also a process to add payment information for use with Google Assistant, which means the app could be able to buy items at your command, just like Amazon’s Alexa. The screenshots below, courtesy of Android Police, were taken on a Nexus 6P running Android 7.1.1 (left) and a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 running Android 6.0.1 (right). After installing the alpha build, the Google Assistant can be enabled by holding the Home button for a few seconds. A pop-up will be appear with the message “New! You just got the Google Assistant” and begin the setup process.
Excited yet? I know I am. However I am still skeptical of this news, remember Google Assistant is the top-selling point of the Pixel phones and even with rumours that the LG G6 might be the first non-Pixel device to launch with the assistant, take this news with a pinch of salt.