Google Assistant comes to tablets and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Muriel Hammond
December 14, 2017

Google Assistant for Android tablets will be rolling out to models running Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat sometime during the coming week.

Unfortunately, only tablets which are running Android 6.0 and above will receive Google Assistant. Other regions receiving the update include Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

Previously only phones running Marshmallow and Nougat had access to Google Assistant. It will come to the rest of the world soon after, you will be able to see an Assistant app icon in your All Apps list when it arrives on your phone.

Having Android Oreo work well on both high-end flagships and low-end budget phones is no easy task. Google Assistant has until now been available on smartphones, smartwatches, smart speakers, Android TV and more.

Digital assistants such as Google Assistant, Apple's Siri, and Amazon's Alexa are rapidly growing popularity, so it would make sense for Google to open up its own product to those who are already in the Android ecosystem. For instance, a user can ask Google Assistant to open "vacation pictures from July" and it will show the relevant results. The Spanish language version is being rolled out to the U.S., Mexico and Spain.

Google first unveiled Google Assistant in 2016 and launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. In addition, the AI will hit smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Tablet users are said to represent 53.1% of users.

With the massive variety of Android handsets it's not a 100% given that you will get the invite, but based on Google's announcement, that's all you should need.

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