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Forget Pixel—Google Assistant works on the Nexus 6P

by Brandon Russell | October 11, 2016October 11, 2016 4:30 pm PDT

At Google’s Pixel event earlier this month, the search giant spent a lot of time talking about Assistant, the company’s more intelligent AI capable of carrying on natural conversations and finding the answers you want. It’s even supposed to be funny, a characteristic Google seemingly hopes will create deeper connections between human and machine.

While Assistant has already been available in Allo, the technology’s big arrival won’t come until the Pixel is released later this month. When it launches, the device will be the first (and only) phone to feature the brainy new software, which means millions of other Android devices will have to look on with envy.

If you own a Nexus 6P, however, you’ll be able to use Assistant even before the Pixel is released. Take that, Google.

Thanks to folks over at XDA Developers, getting Assistant to run on the Nexus device is pretty straightforward. This thread has a pretty extensive tutorial on how to get it working.

Essentially, Nexus 6P owners need to replace their “build.prop” file with the one provided by XDA Developers. Doing this will “trick” Google into thinking the Nexus 6P is a Pixel device. If successful, users should have access to Assistant, which Google is trying to keep exclusive to the Pixel—at least for the immediate future.

If you’re brave enough to do this yourself. We haven’t spent a ton of time using Assistant on the Nexus 6P, but numerous users on the XDA forums have reported it works without issue.

As always, tooling with your device is not without its risks, so backup your Nexus 6P before you begin.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...