Google making its Assistant available to older phones

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Google making its Assistant available to older phones

14 December, 2017

From today, the Google Assistant will also work on the Android tablets and smartphones running on Android Lollipop & above.

Google is rolling out its AI assistant to tablets for the first time. It'll also be available in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain, and will hit devices in Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Google's AI assistant on tablets can control smart home devices, access your calendar, set reminders, answer questions, and tell you jokes.

If your Google Play Services is up to date, you should get an opt-in notification inviting you to install the Google Assistant. However, it has seen limited success, and has now resorted to pushing features like Assistant to older versions as well. This makes it the second most-used operating system after Marshmallow that runs on 30 percent smartphones.

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At the Google I/O in May 2016, Google unveiled its own voice assistant called Google Assistant. The Assistant for tablets will first be rolling out to the US users with English as the default language.

Tablets running Android Marshmallow or above shall receive the update in the "coming weeks". Assistant will be rolling out to all Android tablet users in the United States with the language set in English. Interesting that Google made a decision to bring it to iPhone before fixing up its own users. It'll launch on Android Lollipop phones where Google Assistant is already available, like the UK. In Google's Chrome browser, for instance, Data Saver can help users conserve more than 600 MB of data per year.

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