The Google Pixel XL and Pixel have a set of navigation buttons which are not on any other handset without a little tinkering. However, apart from being solid, the real thing in the Pixel’s navigation bar is the Google Assistant animation which is activated by pressing and holding the home button.
Long-pressing the home button prompts 4 colored dots that provide a virtual feedback for activating the Google Assistant. Thanks to the developer Charles Chow, these special animation and navigation buttons are no longer limited to the Pixels. Just by getting one ZIP, you can get these special features on your Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X.
- Custom recovery installed
- Android build no. NPF1oc
- Android 7.1.1 beta
- Rooted Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X
Download the ZIP file
Download the zip which provides you with the Google Pixel’s Assistant animation and navigation buttons. There are two different files, one for Nexus 5X, the other one for Nexus 6P.
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Flash the ZIP file in Custom Recovery
Boot your smartphone into the custom recovery mode. Make sure you have a NANDroid backup. Hit ‘Install’ from TWRP’s menu and then go to the handset’s Download folder. Choose Pixel-Navbar-Animation-zip file and then swipe the slider found at the bottommost of your screen to install the mod. Hit ‘Reboot system’ when that is done.
Enjoy the special animation and navigation buttons
You will now see the Google’s Pixel navigation buttons at the bottom of your Nexus device. When you press and hold the home button to launch the Google Assistant or Google app, you will see 4 colored dots animating behind your finger. It is an incredible effect.
In case the mod is not working, try restarting your handset again. If you have issues when restarting, press and hold the power button for at least 10s to perform a hard reboot.
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