Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones
- Author: Arturo Norris Mar 02, 2017,
Mar 02, 2017, 13:09
Though its feature set still needs to be fleshed out some, reviewers have praised Assistant's ability to maintain a conversation and understand the context of voice commands/requests - Google's AI investments at work - as well as its integration with Google Search and other Google services.
Google announced that its AI Assistant will make the jump from its Pixel phones, where it's now only available, and begin appearing on phones with Android 6.0 and newer.
Initially, Google's personal assistant will be made available to English users in the US.
Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and Amazon has Alexa.
This update means Google Assistant will now be made available to millions more users.
English-speaking users in the USA will get Google Assistant first.
The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the US, followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany.
Unlike big Android updates, you won't need to wait for a carrier update for Google Assistant. However, even Google admits only around 30 percent of Android handsets now run Marshmallow or Nougat. "We'll continue to add more languages over the coming year", Google said. Which means the vast majority of users aren't being invited to the party just yet.
Several brand new flagship smartphones, such as the recently launched LG G6 and the new Nokia handsets, all have Google Assistant built-in with Android Nougat.
Is your smartphone getting Google Assistant? All of the devices are controllable via Google Chromecast and Google Home.
One of the best stations is the switchboard, where you can grab a pair of headphones and plug a cable into one of many jacks to get different songs streaming from Google Play Music. It is therefore only sensible that Google would roll out Google Assistant for other older smartphones as well to further cement their dominance over the virtual assistant space.
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