In case Sunday wasn’t already a reason to celebrate, Google has announced that within a special Play Services update which will roll out to all Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat users this week, the Google Assistant will arrive on more phones. In a nutshell, if you have a device released within the past two years, chances are you’re getting the Assistant.
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.
Before, only the Google Pixel and Pixel XL had official access to the Assistant. But this morning, LG announced a partnership with Google to bring the AI bot to their new G6 smartphone, making it the first third-party device to receive the new way of communicating with Google. Google did say back when the Pixel was announced that they’d bring the Assistant to more phones, but it was unclear when this time would come. But as hinted by a leaked Google alpha build, it looks like that time has come.
All users will be able to simply long-press their home button for quick access to the Assistant. This change will replace Now on Tap for all users. Of course, you can still access Screen search’s (the new name for Now on Tap) features on swiping up on the Assistant interface.
Google will roll the feature out to “English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.”
“With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant,” says Google. And yes, that’s very true. If only the Pixel Launcher were available to everyone as well…
- SOURCE: Google