Google Assistant Coming to More Android Devices Soon
Originally a first iteration Pixel-exclusive feature, the Google Assistant rolled out to Android phones running on Marshmallow or newer. Starting today, the Assistant feature will expand to more Android devices, like tablets and older phones.
Phones still running on Lollipop are among the first to receive the roll-out. Devices with languages set in English in the US, UK, and Canada remain on the loop of the ongoing release. The same applies for devices with the English language in Singapore, India, Australia, too. Users in US, Mexico, and Spain who set their device language in Spanish will also get the feature. Finally, the Assistant will also roll out to users in Japan, Korea, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.
To get the Assistant app icon in the drawer, the user needs to opt-in once the Google Play Services update arrives.
Despite declining sales for Android tablets, the Assistant will be available for US devices with the language set in English. In addition, the Assistant will only run on Nougat or Marshmallow, as opposed to its availability on Lollipop-enabled devices.
Google has yet to announce whether the feature will come to tablets outside of the US or set in different languages any time soon.