Google Assistant is finally coming to more Android devices starting this week. In a official blog post, Google has announced that the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The personal voice assistant is already available on Pixel smartphones, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear.
Where and When?
The Google Assistant will be available to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany starting this week. It will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow through an update via Google Play Service. The update will start hitting eligible devices sometime in the following week. Google also said that it will add more languages to the Google Assistant this year.
With the Google Assistant on Android phones, you have your own personal, helpful Google right in your pocket. Users will be able to access the Google Assistant just by saying “Ok Google” or just long press on the Home button to perform tasks including translation, get directions and many more. Google says we’ll see Google Assistant on newly announced partner devices, such as the LG G6 and some others from HTC, Huawei, Samsung and Sony.
Gummi Hafsteinsson, product lead for the Google Assistant, said in the blog post:
Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it. It came to Android Wear 2.0—via new smartwatches—just a few weeks ago and, as we previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars. With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant.