Google Assistant is making its way to Android Lollipop phones

Google Assistant is making its way to Android Lollipop phones”

Android Lollipop version 5.0 and 5.1 combine are on 26.3% of Android devices whereas Marshmallow version 6.0 is running on 29.7% of devices, making it the largest Android iteration at the moment. Now Google has added older Android 5.0 Lollipop to the mix. Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and Korea will also be getting the Google Assistant.

If your Google Play Services is up to date, you should get an opt-in notification inviting you to install the Google Assistant.

Assistant launched earlier this year on phones, but tablets were notably excluded.

At the Google I/O in May 2016, Google unveiled its own voice assistant called Google Assistant. Unfortunately, in addition to requiring Android 7.0 Nougat, the update rolling out this week will only work with tablets set to English and in the USA only.

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Google Assistant will enable users to ask questions, query the weather, integrate with other smart devices within your household and a suite more.

The update is starting to reach phones with English language settings in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, India and Singapore. The Assistant on Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones now supports Google Lens as well, which can identify objects, landmarks straight from the camera.

The U.S users who have tablets running Android Marshmallow or above shall receive the update in the "coming weeks". In addition, the AI will hit smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Google Assistant has only been available on smartphones.

In select countries, users can even send money via voice on Google Assistant. It will be coming to more languages next year.

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