Older Android Phones and Tablets Will soon Receive Google Assistant Expansion

Google announced on Wednesday that it is rolling out the Assistant to some older devices. It is expanding the support of Google Assistant to Android tablets running Nougat and Marshmallow, and smartphones running Lollipop.

The addition comes after the company brought Assistant to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and later in February. Now the expansion will be available for smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Android 5.0 Lollipop was launched back in 2014 which Google says more than 26 percent of all Android devices still run some Android 5.0 Lollipop version.

People in the US who have Tablet will first get access to Assistant. However, Google has already begun bringing Assistant to Lollipop running smartphones with the language set to English in the major markets of the US UK, Canada, India, Australia, and Singapore and those with the language set to Spanish in the US, Spain, and Mexico. The company is also releasing the expansion Lollipop phones users in Germany, Korea, Japan, and Brazil.

Google Assistant Program Manager Maksim Mukha said, “With the Assistant on tablets, you can you can get help throughout your day—set reminders, add to your shopping list control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more.”

If you already have these older Lollipop phones you will see an update relatively soon. You will have to launch the Google Assistant app after getting the update. You will see an Assistant app icon on your ‘All apps’ list.

Tablets running Marshmallow and Nougat will get the update over the course of the coming week. Assistant also comes for Google Home and other smart speakers, iPhones, Android wear devices and Google Allo.


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