Google Assistant Makes Its Way To Older Smartphones and Tablets

Randall Craig
December 14, 2017

In a blog post, Google announced that it will come to tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. should you actually own and Android tablet. A few months later in March, 2017, Google rolled out the assistant to all smartphones that were running Android Nougat.

Google Assistant is now rolling out to phones running on Android Lollipop and Android tablets as well. Android 5.0 Lollipop, which launched way back in 2014, is now run on almost 26 per cent of Android devices. Users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea will also get the taste of the Assistant on Android Lollipop.

On devices running Android version lower than Lollipop will still have the Google Now feature which can perform similar to the Assistant but has limited features. Android tablet users with the language set to English in the US will get the feature very soon.

Now, the company has confirmed that the Google Assistant will be rolling out to tablets next week to users with the language set to English in the USA and later to other markets. The Spanish language version is being rolled out to the U.S., Mexico and Spain. The search-engine giant is also developing a special edition of Google Assistant for Reliance JioPhone. In fact going by Google's latest numbers for Android division, Lollipop is at 26.3 percentage points in terms of market share, which is not a small number. However, the Assistant will be available only in the U.S. if you set the device language to English.

Google Assistant Makes Its Way To Older Smartphones and Tablets

So make sure all your Google apps are updates and let us know once you receive the Google Assistant on your Lollipop smartphone.

Just to recall, Google Assistant made its debut in May 2016 and has since seen a ton of upgrades in the form of features and optimizations.

Google Assistant also powers the Google Home speakers and can control smart devices like plugs and lights, though users in India will need to find compatible devices for the same.


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