[APP][5.0+] Google Assistant Launcher - Get Google Assistant, even on Lollipop!

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Google Assistant for everyone
Introducing
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Google Assistant Launcher (GAL)

Google Assistant Launcher plays upon the trick of fellow XDA Senior Member, @Nikhilkumar038. This trick launches the Google Assistant on Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat devices. But a problem persists, you need to have an activity launcher, such as Nova Launcher's Activities option. And in some cases, it still doesn't work when long-pressing the home button.

So I decided to make this app, which makes launching it much more easier.

Features
  • No root needed.
  • Activity launchers are never needed. Just install, and launch!
  • Launch Google Assistant, even on your own preferred launcher!
  • Uses the Assist intent, so you can also set GAL to launch when long-pressing the Home button!
  • No unnecessary permissions, so you are sure that no data is got from you.
  • Supports Android 5.0+

Screenshots
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Screenshot_2017_05_31_15_01_48.png
Screenshot_2017_05_31_15_01_54.png
- Tested using a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime running Prime ROM, Android 5.1.1

Installation
  1. Download the app
  2. Install normally as APK
  3. Done! Launch the app first, create a reminder, and teach the Assistant your voice.
  4. You may now hold the home button to launch Assistant.
    Note: When long-pressing the home button, pick
    Lollipop: Google Assistant as default.
    Marshmallow+: Google App as default.

    Still having problems? Do this.https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/root-google-assistant-lollipop-t3613810
    YouTube video[/B](thanks @Yathansh!)


Update
If you can't see Your Stuff tab, kindly downgrade to the latest stable version of Google App


Downloads
Official Website: hybridevelopers.16mb.com/downloads/
Google Drive Mirror
No mirrors please!

XDA:DevDB Information
Google Assistant Launcher, App for all devices (see above for details)

Contributors
Jovic77, Nikhilkumar038

Version Information
Status: Stable
Current Stable Version: 1.0.4
Stable Release Date: 2017-06-02

Created 2017-05-31
Last Updated 2017-07-01
 
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Changelog​
1.0.2 - 6/1/17
  • Added support for Android 5.0 (SDK 21).
  • Changed base and signatures.
  • Direct Google Assistant on Home button added.
  • Package Name has changed to reflect signature change.

1.0.1 - 5/31/17
  • Initial Stable Release

Prerequisites​
  • An Android 5.0+ (Lollipop) Device
  • Google App (at least 7.3.x) is installed - no beta needed.
  • English (US) set as language.

Based on the works of​

@Nikhilkumar038 - Enable Google Assistant on Lollipop!
 
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I think I'll be the first to try that:D

Update: My antivirus software is detecting this app as a virus, @Jovic77
Oh my goodness, autograph please! Just joking. xD

What detection it does show? I may need to replace my signatures, possibly that's the issue.

Is it possible to set it to launch the activity with the microphone instantly instead of just opening the app ?
I'll try with 1.0.2, I may still need to find that specific activity to launch it. ;)

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Oh my goodness, autograph please! Just joking. xD

What detection it does show? I may need to replace my signatures, possibly that's the issue.


I'll try with 1.0.2, I may still need to find that specific activity to launch it. ;)
No details about what's wrong with the app:(
Autograph? Pen please! XD

Update:I tried launching each and every activity of the Google app but couldn't directly launch the Assistant :(
 

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No details about what's wrong with the app:(
Autograph? Pen please! XD
I'll try fixing it with 1.0.2. It seems it's an issue with ApkTool's signatures. I also found the "direct assistant" activity, just the "Voice Search" shortcut on Nova. But I need to find that specific activity. xD

No need for autographs, you appearing here is enough. xD

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I'll try fixing it with 1.0.2. It seems it's an issue with ApkTool's signatures. I also found the "direct assistant" activity, just the "Voice Search" shortcut on Nova. But I need to find that specific activity. xD

No need for autographs, you appearing here is enough. xD
Oh really?
But that specific activity was not found by me:(
Edit:Voice Search doesn't work for me on Lollipop
 
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Oh really?
But that specific activity was not found by me:(
It's actually the Voice Search launcher present on the older versions of the Google App. It was removed with 5.x, I think. It launches Google Assistant when activated, in a similar manner as Nougat. ;)

I'll try finding it tomorrow, but it's night here. I'll work on this tomorrow. So, g'night! :eek:

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It's actually the Voice Search launcher present on the older versions of the Google App. It was removed with 5.x, I think. It launches Google Assistant when activated, in a similar manner as Nougat. ;)

I'll try finding it tomorrow, but it's night here. I'll work on this tomorrow. So, g'night! :eek:
G'night but here after 3 hours

Enough time for me to find(or maybe not)
 
G'night but here after 3 hours

Enough time for me to find(or maybe not)
Just a final update.
JioSecurity (which is only available with Jio users) is a collaborative product by Jio and Norton.

So I could simply to a VirusTotal scan with this, and it should show the detection. ;)

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And finally:
It's detected as a generic/PUP. Probably really due to the signatures. I should change this with 1.0.2.

Ironically, Norton (named Symantc here) never detected anything. xD

Sophos (the one I use on my Laptop) never detected anything, so this is quite safe.

Though what's scary here is one of the detections there is the same as the HummingBad malware. Though the other is simply a PUP. I should also check the smali here. :confused:

(Reddish tint is due to a screen filter)

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GAL 1.0.2 is Now Available!

What's new?
  • Added support for Android 5.0 (SDK 21). Older versions only support 5.1+.
  • Changed base and signatures. It now shows up as clean and isn't detected by AVs as false positive.
  • Direct Google Assistant on Home button added. Now it shows up Assistant directly, no need to press anything more. Just long press the home button.
  • Package Name has changed to reflect signature change. It is required to uninstall the older 1.0.1 app, so as not to have duplicate apps.

Update now available, on OP and XDA Labs!​
 
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GAL 1.0.2 is Now Available!

What's new?
Added support for Android 5.0 (SDK 21). Older versions only support 5.1+.
Changed base and signatures. It now shows up as clean and isn't detected by AVs as false positive.
Direct Google Assistant on Home button added. Now it shows up Assistant directly, no need to press anything more. Just long press the home button.
Package Name has changed to reflect signature change. It is required to uninstall the older 1.0.1 app, so as not to have duplicate apps.


Update now available, on OP and XDA Labs!
Now JioSecurity doesn't detect it as virus anymore and it really shows up the assistant directly. But, how?
I found that in the launch.smali, the activity is still the same as the older version:confused:

And some more files were there like GoPro, Purchase etc.
Are you going to add a pay to unlock this feature?
 
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Now JioSecurity doesn't detect it as virus anymore and it really shows up the assistant directly. But, how?
I found that in the launch.smali, the activity is still the same as the older version:confused:

And some more files were there like GoPro, Purchase etc.
Are you going to add an pay to unlock this feature?
I actually used a base APK that simply launches Google Voice Search, it's named Assist.smali inside.

I may remove those smalis in the next version, since I provide this free of charge. Those are basic remnants of the base.

JioSecurity uses Symantec Mobile Insight as the engine, and in further tests of 1.0.1, it actually detects it.

Sent from my Galaxy Grand Prime using XDA Labs
 

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    Google Assistant for everyone
    Introducing
    ic_launcher.png
    Google Assistant Launcher (GAL)

    Google Assistant Launcher plays upon the trick of fellow XDA Senior Member, @Nikhilkumar038. This trick launches the Google Assistant on Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat devices. But a problem persists, you need to have an activity launcher, such as Nova Launcher's Activities option. And in some cases, it still doesn't work when long-pressing the home button.

    So I decided to make this app, which makes launching it much more easier.

    Features
    • No root needed.
    • Activity launchers are never needed. Just install, and launch!
    • Launch Google Assistant, even on your own preferred launcher!
    • Uses the Assist intent, so you can also set GAL to launch when long-pressing the Home button!
    • No unnecessary permissions, so you are sure that no data is got from you.
    • Supports Android 5.0+

    Screenshots
    Screenshot_2017_05_31_15_11_11.png
    Screenshot_2017_05_31_14_58_07.png
    Screenshot_2017_05_31_15_01_48.png
    Screenshot_2017_05_31_15_01_54.png
    - Tested using a Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime running Prime ROM, Android 5.1.1

    Installation
    1. Download the app
    2. Install normally as APK
    3. Done! Launch the app first, create a reminder, and teach the Assistant your voice.
    4. You may now hold the home button to launch Assistant.
      Note: When long-pressing the home button, pick
      Lollipop: Google Assistant as default.
      Marshmallow+: Google App as default.

      Still having problems? Do this.https://forum.xda-developers.com/android/general/root-google-assistant-lollipop-t3613810
      YouTube video[/B](thanks @Yathansh!)


    Update
    If you can't see Your Stuff tab, kindly downgrade to the latest stable version of Google App


    Downloads
    Official Website: hybridevelopers.16mb.com/downloads/
    Google Drive Mirror
    No mirrors please!

    XDA:DevDB Information
    Google Assistant Launcher, App for all devices (see above for details)

    Contributors
    Jovic77, Nikhilkumar038

    Version Information
    Status: Stable
    Current Stable Version: 1.0.4
    Stable Release Date: 2017-06-02

    Created 2017-05-31
    Last Updated 2017-07-01
    11
    Changelog​
    1.0.2 - 6/1/17
    • Added support for Android 5.0 (SDK 21).
    • Changed base and signatures.
    • Direct Google Assistant on Home button added.
    • Package Name has changed to reflect signature change.

    1.0.1 - 5/31/17
    • Initial Stable Release

    Prerequisites​
    • An Android 5.0+ (Lollipop) Device
    • Google App (at least 7.3.x) is installed - no beta needed.
    • English (US) set as language.

    Based on the works of​

    @Nikhilkumar038 - Enable Google Assistant on Lollipop!
    5
    I saw a listing on the Play Store named Assist Me! Google Assistant Launcher and it is the same app as GAL, though with a different package name. The dev gave no credit to me nor @Nikhilkumar038 and even claims the app as his own.

    If it offers any ads or IAPs, immediately uninstall the app. We earn nothing from it.

    Only install from XDA Labs or Hybrid Developers' website

    I already contacted the developer.
    4
    I'm currently making a re-write of the app, now using Android Studio instead of the conventional ApkTool method.
    This should fix most bugs, and to freshen up the code of the app.

    This would take a few hours to finish. Also, signatures are possible to be changed, so you may need to uninstall the older app.
    Thanks. :)
    4
    I think I'll be the first to try that:D

    Update: My antivirus software is detecting this app as a virus, @Jovic77
    Oh my goodness, autograph please! Just joking. xD

    What detection it does show? I may need to replace my signatures, possibly that's the issue.

    Is it possible to set it to launch the activity with the microphone instantly instead of just opening the app ?
    I'll try with 1.0.2, I may still need to find that specific activity to launch it. ;)

    Sent from my Galaxy Grand Prime using XDA Labs