Google Assistant Lands on Older Android Devices

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As a result, over 50 per cent of Android users will now have access to the Assistant on their devices.Over 25 per cent of Android users are currently on L, so the move is a significant boost to Google's smart home ambitions. That instantly opens up more than a quarter more of the Android user base for Google Assistant to tap into. The Assistant originally launched on a single phone, the Google Pixel, and has slowly been creeping across the Android landscape. A sizeable 26 percent of active Android users are found to continue having Android Lollipop on their devices. Even Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea will be getting the Assistant. But, starting today Assistant will be available on the above mentioned devices.

The company announced the AI will soon be available to users running the 5.0 Lollipop version of Android OS. Assistant fires up when you use the "Google Now" hot word. However, the tablets need to have Android 6.0 Marshmallow or 7.0 Nougat installed to be able to support Assistant. "Once users get the update and opt-in, they will see an assistant app icon in the "all apps" list", Mukha added. It will also be available in Spanish but in the United States and Mexico, besides Spain of course.

Google Assistant Lands on Older Android Devices

In fact, as it to rub salt into the injury, Assistant has in the last few months shown up in headsets like the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II, which officially went on sale in Kenya last week, smartwatches running Android Wear as well as smart speakers.

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