Google Assistant arrives on older phones running Android Lollipop and tablets

14 December, 2017, 12:46 | Author: Boyd Miller
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Google Assistant, the virtual assistant from Google is now rolling out to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Earlier this year Google rolled out its Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher devices with Google Play Services. Android 5.0 Lollipop, which launched way back in 2014, is now run on almost 26 per cent of Android devices. This should also prove helpful to Google as they will be able to access more information from users to improve the AI on the Google Assistant.

If rumors are to believed, Google Assistant will be available for Android tablets and Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones within the next few days. Moreover, in the U.S., Mexico and Spain Spanish language users will also get the Assistant.

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Meanwhile, Android version distribution data reveals that Google Assistant should be available to around 80 percent of active Android devices in the world with billions of users now availing the feature. Due to the highly fragmented Android smartphone market, it was quintessential on Google's part to release the AI assistant to the previous version of the OS as well.

Another cool (for some, it may be creepy) aspect of Google Assistant is that it listens to every conversation you make on the phone. 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. Well, that changes today, as Google has announced that Assistant will be rolled out to Android tablets soon. Once you get the update and opt-in, you'll see an Assistant app icon in your "All apps" list, the company announced in a blog post.

Google recently refreshed the assistant with several new features optimized for users based in India. The voice assistant was introduced in May 2016 at Google's developer conference along with the Google Allo app and Google home smart speaker.



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