One of the software features differentiating Google Pixel and Pixel XL from other Android handsets is Google Assistant, the search engine giant’s response to Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana.
However, according to Android Headlines, this could change in the near future, as some recent findings in the latest APK for an alpha version of the Google App, the Assistant could make it to non-Pixel phones.
This is definitely a surprise, considering that alpha released of Google apps aren’t available, as just some users, part of the beta channel, have been getting the chance to test an alpha release.
It’s not yet clear if Google actually wanted to send this builds, but what’s the most interesting part is that Google Assistant is available on non-Pixel phones after installing this alpha build on them.
A test was made on a Nexus 6P, as well as on a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, meaning that Google might as well start rolling the Assistant on Several non-Pixel and non-Nexus smartphones. Even more, it’s possible to see this feature available even on phones running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Finally, some sources say that the devices used for testing the build allowed users to access Google Assistant by holding down the home button, so we’re pretty much convinced that this will remain the way of doing it, if Google eventually decides to release a stable version of the Google app, with Assistant included, in the future.
Currently, there’s nothing about an official date for this, but, on the other side, it might as well remain just a feature hidden in an alpha release, which will never turn out to become reality.