Google Assistant is now rolling out to all Android 7.0 Marshmallow, Android 6.0 Nougat Devices
Google Assistant – the AI-powered virtual assistant that made its debut with the Google Pixel smartphones – is moving beyond the Pixel smartphones, and from today it will roll out to non-Pixel devices, starting with the Nexus phones. At MWC 2017, Google has announced plans to make its Google Assistant available on a wider range of devices. Google’s Twitter account and blog confirmed the same.
Smartphones such as LG G6, Moto G5, and Moto G5 Plus will come preloaded with the digital assistant, those with other Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with not have to wait too long.
“Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it’s rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch and hold the Home button”, said Google in a blog post.
The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., and later in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. Google says it will add support for more languages “over the coming year”. So there is still some time before you can expect the Google Assistant to be made available in India, though it is already available on the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel Plus here.
Now Google Assistant is the smart assistant, which is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. It can do a host of activities for users, they can ask the AI-powered virtual assistant to confirm calendar bookings, suggest a restaurant close by, even play games with the Assistant.
Users will not have to download an app for the feature as Google Assistant will automatically show up on the eligible devices and will essentially replace Google Search. It can be launched by simply long-pressing on the Home button and it will be activated. It’s a lot like how Google Now is currently, but in more conversational form.