Google Nexus smartphones to get Google Assistant in next update

Delia Watkins
February 7, 2017

Despite the great quality of the Google Assistant, limiting it to only Pixel smartphones will not do it any favors since it will be available to a limited number of Android users who are willing to pay for a premium device.

More so, after a few months of Android O beta prior to its final release, Google phones are traditionally revealed in late-September or early-October.

Days ago, Google started rolling out an Android 7.1.2 Nougat beta update to all compatible devices.

It was recently claimed that Google is working on pushing the cheaper Android One phones into the US market, something that could also work as a great replacement of the Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6, among other affordable Nexus devices. We don't expect it to deviate significantly from that schedule. If so, the announcement could be made by February 6 about these and various other devices receiving this service. Upon installation, the update will replace the software after 24 hours. Alternatively, users can manually install it if they'd like.

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Talking about Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone then you won't find any specific improvements but there are some under-hood bug fixes. Typically nothing major changes, but you'll still want to know what to expect. Also, we finally have a 7.1.1 build for Nexus 6P Verizon users as NUF26K. There are a total of 36 issues resolved in the security patches divided into two subsets dated 2017-02-01 and 2017-02-05.

Telus has so far been the only retailer to claim that Google has wound down production of its Pixel XL smartphone, but it could be a sign of things to come. Obviously this dress is not the same kind of involvement as building the headlining Android Wear 2.0 watches, but it's a notable partnership nonetheless.

While the Pixel launcher isn't available from the Play Store for most devices, we've had no trouble downloading the APK and sideloading it onto our devices.

As usual Google posted all the details along with several ways for owners to get the latest software. However, Phone Arena is positive that the update will soon be arriving to other carriers around the world, too. Owners can also download and flash factory images, or push the OTA update manually with ADB. They're in between, just like the Nexus devices.

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