We’re one step closer to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL being available for everyone to buy and use. Pre-orders are still going strong, and they are expected to be shipping in the next day or two, with delivery expected on the 20th of this month. Now that reviewers are able post about the device, we’re now beginning to see a number of apps pulled from the Pixel and used on other devices. Like the new dialer app that is in Android 7.1 and quite possibly might be exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Currently, the version of the dialer that is on Pixel devices is Google Phone 5.1. And it appears to only be compatible with Nexus devices that are running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later. There is a patched version of the APK, both are linked below, that should work with any phone running Marshmallow or higher, it is worth noting that there may be some issues and bugs with the patched version, as well as the regular version, since it was not made for the Nexus 6P or any other Marshmallow device. Currently, what’s not working is Caller ID, individual calls are unable to be deleted from the call log, and the app will freeze for some users while in the settings of the dialer app.
If you are installing this dialer on a Nexus device, it will install over your current dialer. So it may be a good idea to back up that dialer first, before side-loading this APK. Just in case something goes wrong or it’s too buggy for you. Additionally, for those that are side-loading it on Marshmallow or Nougat devices, you may have to select it as the default dialer, especially if you are not using a stock Android device, like the Galaxy S7 Edge. Finally, you don’t need root to install this dialer. It’s a simple side-load, like you would do if you were installing an update to an app that is already on your smartphone. So it’s pretty easy to install, if you wish to install it on your smartphone. Of course, if you’d rather not worry about the bugs that may come with it, you can just not side-load it.