Google Assistant coming to Android tablets, older phones

Google Assistant will soon be available on most Android devices. (Source: Google)
Google Assistant will soon be available on most Android devices. (Source: Google)
Google is continuing its rollout of Assistant to older Android devices, including tablets for the first time. First introduced on the Pixel last year as an exclusive feature, it has been some time coming.

Google has announced that its Google Assistant will now be making its way Android tablets for the first time. The AI-powered virtual assistant will also be making its way to tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It will also be making its way to older smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Following the rollout of Google Assistant to smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher earlier this year, Assistant is now rolling out to the 26 percent of Android users still running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The rollout is currently hitting devices in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore for users who have their device set to English. Users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea are also getting Assistant while Spanish users in the U.S. can also expect to get option to opt in to Assistant as well.

Assistant on tablets will allow users to use their voice to set reminders, add to shopping lists (that are also synced across to your Android phone), and control smart home devices including lights and plugs. Unfortunately, in addition to requiring Android 7.0 Nougat, the update rolling out this week will only work with tablets set to English and in the U.S. only.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-12-14 (Update: 2017-12-14)
Sanjiv Sathiah
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I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.