The Google Assistant is Coming to Tablets and Android 5.0 Lollipop Phones

The Google Assistant is Coming to Tablets and Android 5.0 Lollipop Phones

Earlier this year we first brought the Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher with Google Play Services. It's also rolling it out to Lollipop smartphone users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. You'll soon be able to find it on any tablet running Android Marshmallow or Android Nougat.

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Google Assistant also powers the Google Home speakers and can control smart devices like plugs and lights, though users in India will need to find compatible devices for the same. Spanish speakers in Spain, Mexico and the United States will be supported as well as native language speakers in Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

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Google first unveiled Google Assistant in 2016 and launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. We can understand the rationale behind this move as fragmentation is a major bottleneck with Android devices and sizable user-base is still running the Android 5.0 OS. Once you get the update and opt-in, you'll see an Assistant app icon in your "All apps" list and get started with Google Assistant by just saying OK Google, but not before you register your voice sample with the device. In fact going by Google's latest numbers for Android division, Lollipop is at 26.3 percentage points in terms of market share, which is not a small number. Interesting that Google made a decision to bring it to iPhone before fixing up its own users. It will be coming to more languages next year.

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