Google Pixel, Pixel XL Features: How To Install Them On Your Android Phone (Some Of Them At Least)

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Everybody knows that the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are going to get a couple of exclusive features, but considering this is Android we’re talking about, some of them have made their way to other smartphones.

Put simply, this spells good news to those who don’t want to trade up their current handset or those who plainly don’t like the new Phone by Google lineup.

Pixel Launcher

To kick things off, there’s the Pixel Launcher. While it doesn’t bring much functionality to the table, it does give compatible smartphones out there that Google look.

According to Android Headlines, it works with practically any device running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, and users can install it by sideloading it. The Pixel Launcher is available via the Play Store, but only Pixel and Pixel XL owners can download it there.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is arguably one of the biggest reasons why people want the Pixel and Pixel XL, but thanks to some Android wizards out there, the AI assistant can be up and running on other handsets.

However, there’s a catch: first off, it’s not exactly easy to set up, as users will need to root their device, flash a custom recovery and make sure they’re part of the Google App beta and have an Android Nougat smartphone. There’s another method too, but it involves manually editing the build.prop file.

At any rate, those who are interested in getting Google Assistant on non-Pixel smartphones can head on over to our in-depth guide on how to install it.

Pixel Dialer

Far from the Google Assistant’s installation process, the Pixel Dialer is a simple app to prepare — no rooting required.

It should work with almost any smartphone running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, but to make sure it goes without a hitch, don’t forget to allow unknown sources to load in Settings.

Once it’s up, set it as the default app for calls through Settings > Applications so that it can run properly.

For those who want to take it out for a spin, XDA Developers has the necessary resources.

Google Camera

Just recently, the Pixel’s Google Camera got ported to the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P, but that’s the thing: it’s only for those two.

Nevertheless, those who own the two handsets can make the most out of the Mountain View company’s camera software, including features such as shooting grids and exposure and focus lock.

Honorable Mention: Wallpapers

Direct from the Play Store, users can download Wallpapers, and it’s chock-full of, well, wallpapers. To be specific, it contains a pretty good range of categories, including Earth, Life and Landscapes, to name a few. Users can even set it to automatically change their phones’ backdrop each day, getting a new one from their favorite category.

What do you think of these Pixel and Pixel XL features that have made their way beyond the two? Drop by our comments section below and let us know.


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