Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets


The Google Assistant, Google’s tackle Siri, Cortana and Alexa with out the approachable identify, has lengthy been to be had on most present phones and tablets. However given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older units won’t ever get the more recent variations of Android that in fact function integrated enhance for the Assistant. Now, then again, Google is bringing enhance for its voice-activated helper to phones working Android Lollipop and tablets working Android Nougat and Marshmallow.

Lollipop introduced again in 2014, so we’re speaking a few moderately outdated telephone working device right here (Android eight.1 is now usual on Google’s personal Pixel phones), however in accordance to Google, greater than 26 p.c of all Android units nonetheless run some model of Android Lollipop. Simply over 30 p.c run Android Marshmallow. Nonetheless, with an replace to the Google Play Products and services, even those older units will now get get right of entry to to all of the candies that the Google Assistant guarantees — and frequently delivers.

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For those who nonetheless personal this type of older Lollipop phones, you must see an replace somewhat quickly. It’ll simplest be to be had to customers who set their language to English within the U.S., U.Ok., India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, in addition to to those that have set their default language to Spanish within the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Google says it is going to additionally roll out to customers in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

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For the reason that Assistant on those older units isn’t baked proper into the launcher, regardless that, you’ll have to release the Google Assistant app ahead of you’ll ask your telephone for instructions, the elements, recipes or jokes (if you’re feeling unhappy).

As for Marshmallow and Nougat pill customers, they’ll get the replace over the process the coming week, so long as they’re within the U.S. and have set their language to English.