Starting today, Google has announced that the Google Assistant, which originally debuted with the Pixel/Pixel XL, is now finally expanding to more Android devices and this only include devices that are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat.
For the uninitiated, Google Assistant is actually an upgrade of Google Now, which has been part of the Android ecosystem for a very long time. If you’ve used Google Now, then you will find Assistant to be very similar in a lot of ways. Just like how Now pulls out information for you, such as the traffic situation on the way to work, informing about the weather you’ll face on a day, updates regarding your favorite cricket team etc, all of this is done in the same way by Google Assistant.
However, it goes above and beyond the features offered by Google Now, and here’s why:
Google’s voice activated personal assistant, Now, was not platform specific. It was available on almost all devices running Android 4.1 Jellybean or higher. However, as mentioned above, the new Google Assistant was only made available for both Pixel and Pixel XL phones. You can think of the Google Assistant as a next generation of Google Now that keeps most of the functionality of its predecessor and also do a bit more such as hold two-way conversations with the user, learn your personal details and even recall information from previous conversations.
Will My Phone Get Google Assistant?
The phones that are most likely to get Google Assistant include:
- Samsung Galaxy S7
- Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
- HTC 10
- LG G5
- Huawei P9
- LG V20
- and many more
Google hasn’t officially confirmed any kind of list of devices that will be getting the Google Assistant upgrade but the company promises “hundreds of millions of Android users”. However, as it comes as part of a Google Play Services update, expect a lot of devices running either Marshmallow or Nougat to get the Google Assistant soon.