Google Assistant will be available on almost any Android smartphone starting later this week
One of the highlight features of the Google Pixel when it debuted earlier this year was its digital assistant, Google Assistant. As an evolution of Google Now, it brought some interesting new features to the table, but at the time, it was completely exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL.
Eventually, Assistant made its way to Google Home, but it never hit any other smartphones ─ not even Google’s own Nexus smartphones! Now, though, Google is changing that, as it’s finally time for Google Assistant to hit the masses.
In a blog post this weekend, Google announced that Assistant would be expanding past the Pixel not just to Nexus devices, but to any Android smartphone running Android Nougat or Android Marshmallow. That includes some recently announced devices like the LG G6 and Moto G5, but it also includes older phones, like the Galaxy S7, HTC 10, LG V20, Nexus 6P, Mate 9, and many, many more.
Just like on the Pixel and on Google Home, you’ll be able to ask Assistant questions regarding your schedule, the weather, translations, and much more. You can even control your connect home products and pull up pictures from Google Photos on demand!
Google Assistant will be available in the United States starting this week via an update to Google Play Services, and will also be available for English-speakers in the UK, Austrailia, and Canada later on. Users in Germany will also pick up access in their native language soon, with more languages and regions coming later this year…
Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Whether you need to know how to say “nice to meet you” in Korean or just a simple reminder to do laundry when you get home, your Assistant can help. With the Google Assistant on Android phones, you have your own personal, helpful Google right in your pocket.
Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it. It came to Android Wear 2.0—via new smartwatches—just a few weeks ago and, as we previewed in January, the Assistant is also coming to TVs and cars. With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant. What will you ask first?