Google Assistant Comes to Tablets, Android 5.0 Lollipop Devices

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out to users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. This is fantastic news for people with older devices, of which there are a lot - over 26% of Android users still use Lollipop. However, it's only rolling out to tablet users with the language set to English in the US.

Now the Assistant is coming to even more Android devices.

While phones running Android 5.0 and above will get the Assistant, Google says that only tablets running Android 6.0 and above will get the Assistant. You will have to launch the Google Assistant app after getting the update. Google announced the voice assistant is coming to older phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up. It's frankly surprising this wasn't available earlier, but it now means your big-screen devices can control your smart home and answer questions just as effectively as the phone in your pocket. It will also be available in Spanish but in the United States and Mexico, besides Spain of course.

Users will be able to use Google Assistant, when they get the update and opt-in. Other regions where the update will also be made available include Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Japan.

In fact, as it to rub salt into the injury, Assistant has in the last few months shown up in headsets like the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II, which officially went on sale in Kenya last week, smartwatches running Android Wear as well as smart speakers.



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