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Google Assistant now available to more Android phones

By Jonnah Pante - on 6 Mar 2017, 10:35am

Google Assistant now available to more Android phones

Initially exclusive to Google Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo, and Android Wear, Google Assistant has rolled out to more Android devices running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat with Google Play Services.

Through the “OK Google” command which is accessible by long-pressing the smartphone’s home button, Google Assistant aids users to easily direct their phone’s functions and answers queries about anything through a conversational manner.

Google has highlighted this update in the recently concluded Mobile World Congress 2017 by showcasing Google Assistant on Android devices from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Huawei.

The Google Assistant on Samsung Galaxy S7, LG V20, and HTC 10. Image from Google.

Google has started distributing Google Assistant to English users in the US last week, to be followed by Australia, Canada, UK, and Germany. More languages are expected to be added in the coming months. Google Assistant will also be available to televisions and cars soon.

Moreover, newly-unveiled smartphones like the LG G6 will be equipped with Google Assistant out of the box.

Source: Google