Google Assistant coming to all Android running 6.0 and above
The Google Assistant is available on the Google Home, Android 2.0, Google’s messaging app Allo, the NVIDIA Shield TV, and Android TVs, and Google is now vastly expanding its reach by bringing the AI-based virtual assistant to all phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and other.
Google made the announcement at Mobile World Congress, stating that the rollout will kick off later this week for English users in the United states , followed by English users in Canada, Australia and the Russian , as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year. Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to more Android phones starting in this week. All phones running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat will be getting an OTA latest update via Google Play Services in the next upcoming weeks.
Until now, the Google Assistant was only available on Google’s own phone, the Pixel, and has been rumored to be on upcoming LG G6. But LG’s claim to have the first non-Pixel phone with the assistant is apparently going to be very short-lived.
Now, Google’s Assistant is an improvement on the before voice search features on Android, in that it’s able to do a bit more and handling your smart home devices. Google calls it a “conversational” interface, but that conversation isn’t so much more immersive than the old way that it will change your digital life.
All mobile devices running Google Play Services will be eligible to receive the update, which rules out devices manufacturer in China and those using forked versions of Android. You also need to have a phone running at least 1.5GB of RAM and a 720p display to use Assistant.
Google has mentioned that it will make the Assistant compatible with different languages over the course of the year. New handsets will offer the Google Assistant exit of the box, like the LG G6. Google is also showcasing Assistant on phones from htc, SAMSUNG or SONY later this week at MWC.
Assistant is still in its nascent stages, but there’s a wealth of functionality on offer. You’ll be eligible to use the “Ok Google” command to view flight itineraries, weather alerts, set reminders, controlling the lighting in your home, view calendar events, and many. Google Assistant understood contextual doubt , allow you to pick up from where you left off in a particular thread.
By rolling out Assistant to all Android phones, Google is looking to take the fight to Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa has racked up over 10000 skills over the before two year. but the ubiquity of Android allows Google to reach a far wider user base, thereby giving the search giant many data to work with to better Assistant.