Google Assistant Rolling Out for Android Marshmallow, Nougat Users

Delia Watkins
March 3, 2017

Starting today, Google is rolling out it's Artificial Intelligence assistant, called the Google Assistant, to a huge chunk of Android phones. Soon after, smartphones like Moto G5 and G5 Plus also claimed to have Google Assistant on board and then Nokia also joined the race confirming that all the announced Nokia handsets will come with pure Android experience and Google Assistant built-in.

Google has recently updated its Allo app with more interesting ways to converse with your friends and families.

So why would iPhone users want Google Assistant if they've already got Siri?

The change means that any device running Android 6.0 or greater, with support for Google Play Services, will be able to use Google Assistant. Other languages and regions will soon follow.

However, Google Assistant made its debut in OEM smartphones with the unveiling of LG's G6 at MWC 2017, which included Google Assistant into its UI.

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Google Assistant can be launched by simply long pressing on the Home button and it will be activated. You can update the Allo app to access these new, improved features.

While initially a selling point for Pixel devices, it makes sense to bring the helper to more Android users, given Pixel's much smaller market share and the heated competition between voice-based computing platforms.

Google isn't saying it will and Apple's iOS developer guidelines say it can't, but a senior Googler set the cat among the pigeons when he suggested the company would like to put its Assistant tech on iPhones. Given that there are almost half a billion devices now running Android Marshmallow or higher, it seems like Google has its work cut out for the widespread rollout.

Google is now making its digital assistant nearly available to all smartphones. He also added that, "Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it". Well, this is no more as the latest version has added this functionality that lets users create a shortcut to Cortana on your Android phone's lockscreen.

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