How to get most Pixel-exclusive features on other Android phones
That Pixel look
here, along with the new Google wallpapers app and a heap of hand-picked backgrounds to start off with.
First off, you want the dock to have a semi-transparent background, which can be achieved by going to Nova Settings > Dock > Dock Background > Color, and selecting “white” with a transparency of about 80%.
Next up, the round icons! Now, keep in mind that these are subject to change, and will likely go through a couple of iterations until they reach something like a “final form”, but we have nonetheless included all of them, including early ones from the first leaked version of Pixel Launcher, as well as some briefly seen during the Pixel unveiling, in a single, handy .zip file. All you need to do is download the file, unpack it in its own folder using your Android file browser of choice, and change the icons of all corresponding apps through your favorite launcher (most allow for manually changing icons).
Say Pixel for the camera!
Dial P for Pixel
Another updated stock app, ported from the leaked Pixel images, is the Google Phone app. It remains largely unchanged compared to previous versions, but features a handful of cool new UI tweaks which may be enough to make it worth checking out. For more info and download links, head over to our quick run-down of the new Google Phone app.
Ok Google, how do I get Google Assistant on non-Pixel devices?
One of the biggest selling points of the Pixel and Pixel XL, and one of the things Google paid the most attention to during the two phones' unveiling, is the new Google Assistant. Succeeding Google Now as a next-generation AI helper, the full-fledged Google Assistant will be a Pixel-exclusive gig, while all other Android users will be able to get a small taster of it through Google's new messaging app Allo. Well, if you're not one who'd settle for this type of exclusivity, and have a knack for tinkering with your Android phone, then you'd be happy to hear that Google Assistant was ported to work on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat, and more recently 6.0 Marshmallow. Of course, both cases entail rooting your device, flashing a custom recovery, and possibly tinkering with the build.prop file of your system. For detailed info on how to do this, head over to our guide on how to get Google Assistant working on non-Pixel phones.
So, there you have it, folks – a bunch of really cool, supposedly Pixel-exclusive features working on your regular ol' Android phone! Of course, other extras, such as the 24-hour technical support, and the unlimited Google Photos storage for uncompressed files, will always be tied for the Pixel hardware, but that is to be expected from $600+ devices. If you ask us, what we're offering here for free is still a great deal of new stuff to refresh your Android phone and play around with! Now get crackin'!