Google Assistant now rolling out to smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above
Earlier this week, Google announced that it will be rolling out Google Assistant to smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. Well, staying true to what this Mountain View based search giant said, Google Assistant is now being rolled out to the smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.
As far as smartphones are concerned, until now, Google Assistant was only available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, the smartphones Google unveiled last October. However, the LG G6, which was unveiled earlier this week at MWC, became the first non-Pixel smartphone to come with Google Assistant built in. Well, with the roll out of Assistant to more smartphones, the G6 will no longer remain the only non-Pixel smartphone to have Google Assistant.
Like we said, the Google Assistant is being rolled out to the smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. However, only those smartphones which have at least 1.5 GB RAM and HD (1280 x 720 pixels) screen will get the Assistant. Besides, the Google Assistant will be rolled out as a part of Google Play Services update, so if you are having a smartphone (especially Chinese) which doesn’t come with Play Services, you won’t get the Assistant.
Also, as of now, the roll out is happening only in the US for English users. This will then be followed by English in Australia, Canada and the UK. Those who live in Germany will get the Assistant in German language. However, Google has said that it will add support for more languages in the coming year.
If you haven’t heard of Google Assistant before, let us tell you that it’s similar to the Google Now, however, it’s better and understands context. You can access Google Assistant by long pressing the home button or by simply saying “Ok Google”.
By the way, is your smartphone eligible to get Google Assistant?