Google Offers Google Assistant to Android Nougat and Marshmallow Powered Smartphones

Now, any smartphone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat, that also has Google Play Services, will automatically get Google Assistant.

Google Assistant rolls out this week in the US, followed by English versions for Australia, Canada and the well as German speakers in Germany.

Google announced it will add more languages over the coming year, so don't despair if you preferred your native language to be among the first to be available for Google Assistant.

The great thing about Google Assistant is that it allows users to talk to their Pixel and Pixel XL phones in a conversational or natural way.

Google's Assistant is already built into the Google Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo, and Android Wear. As long as your phone is on Marshmallow and Nougat, you can enjoy Google Assistant. While this was disappointing to many users, it was expected that the feature will eventually make it to most of the other Android smartphones.

When Google Assistant, Google's response to Siri, was launched in the Pixel smartphones, the company did not have elaborative plans to expand it to other non-Pixel devices. This is a big deal, because one of the problems with Cortana is language/region availability. Firstly, Google possibly wanted to make sure that Android fragmentation doesn't adversely affect the experience, and the Assistant is capable of performing flawlessly in all sets of environments.

Google Assistant was first limited to just products put out by Google, with this new digital assistant only being out since the fall of 2016.

Google will need to keep pushing out Google Assistant to more people because it is not guaranteed that Google Assistant will be the default on Android devices.

Starting this week, the Google Assistant will start rolling out to all devices that are using at least Android Marshmallow. But it's also fair to note that previous-generation Android phones, and other phones based on Android 7.0 ("Nougat") utilize features like Google Now that are, essentially, the same as Google Assistant. Apart from LG G6, smartphones from major brands such as HTC, Huawei, Samsung, as well as Sony have received the AI assistance. Or you can just say "Ok Google" to help you get started. Google Assistant will work similarly to what we've seen on the Pixel phones or LG's new G6.

  • Arturo Norris