I was quite impressed when I got to know that Google has added so many new and enticing features to their digital assistant. Sure, they don’t want to be left behind or lose the war for supremacy to Apple or any other company. And to win the war every single battle counts.
Google is bringing its Google Assistant to older and smaller smartphones, and, for the first time, tablets too. So, having an older smartphone or a budget smartphone won’t stop you from yelling “Okay Google” into your smartphone. You will still be able to use Google assistant.
One sad thing to note is that, while it will now be available for both old and new smartphones, it will only coming to newer tablets.
On realize, Google Assistant was initially only available on the Google Pixel. Then, February 2017, Google rolled it out to handsets running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or Android 7.0 (Nougat). When Google noticed that almost 50 percent of Android users are still using an older version of Android, Google took another step forward to make Google Assistant available for smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop), and tablets running Marshmallow or Nougat.
So, head on to Settings > About > Software Information and check what version of Android your device is running on.
Google Assistant will be rolling 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. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.”
Now let’s talk about Assistant on Android, with Assistant coming to tablets running Nougat and Marshmallow. Unfortunately, this is currently limited to “users with the language set to English in the U.S.” And there’s no word yet on if or when other countries will be added.