The Google Assistant was launched as an exclusive feature to the Google Pixel phones, but not anymore. Google has decided to make the cool new assistant available on a large number of eligible Android phones and the update is already rolling out from today.
During the MWC 2017, Google announced that Google Assistant will make its way to the all the devices running Android 6.0 and above, which covers a significant portion of the total Android users. Google Assistant was first made available through Google Allo, the chat app that Google is betting big on. But the Assistant was accessible only through the app and a much deeper integration in the phone was being asked by the users.
To get the new Assistant, the users don’t need to dig the Play Store for any update or something, the Assistant will be pushed to your phone with an automatic update to the Google Play Services. That means, Google Assistant will arrive to your phone over the air and you just need to keep checking if the update has arrived.
The update will be first available for the English users in the US and will be followed by Australia, Canada, and the UK, then the users in Germany will be updated with support for German. Other languages and regions will soon follow. Several phones that were recently announced at the MWC 2017, including the LG G6 and the entire range of Nokia Android phones will come pre-installed with the Google Assistant.
With the Google Assistant installed, long pressing the home button or saying “OK Google” will activate the Assistant, instead of enabling Google Search. The assistant is much more interactive than the Google Now but it is just an extension of it and not a replacement for now. Google has released a short video announcing the availability of the Google Assistant on non-Pixel devices.