Google Assistant comes to older Android phones running 5.0 and up

Enlarge / The Google Assistant on the LG G6.

Google’s push to put the Google Assistant everywhere continues. The company’s voice search interface exists on phones, watches, TVs, cars, and in standalone smart speakers, but the company has never done a great job of capturing the entire 2 billion-strong Android market. The Assistant originally launched on a single phone, the Google Pixel, and has slowly been creeping across the Android landscape.

Now the Assistant is coming to even more Android devices. Google announced the voice assistant is coming to older phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up. This is a big bump over the old rollout, which only included Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up. According to the Google Play active user stats, Lollipop compatibility will add another 26 percent of Android’s install base to the Assistant’s reach.

That number doesn’t include Android tablets, which until now haven’t really had access to the Assistant at all. The lone exceptions were “Google” branded tablets like the Google Pixel C and the Google Pixelbook. Now the Assistant is finally coming to Android tablets too, but only for those with the language set to English.

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Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets

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