Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets
The Google Assistant, Google’s choose on Siri, Cortana and Alexa devoid of the approachable title, has long been out there on most modern day phones and tablets. But presented the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, quite a few older units will by no means get the newer versions of Android that in fact characteristic created-in assistance for the Assistant. Now, having said that, Google is bringing assistance for its voice-activated helper to phones jogging Android five. Lollipop and tablets jogging Android 7. Nougat and six. Marshmallow.
Lollipop introduced back in 2014, so we’re talking about a somewhat outdated telephone working procedure here (Android 8.1 is now standard on Google’s own Pixel phones), but according to Google, in excess of 26 % of all Android units continue to run some version of Android five. Lollipop. Just in excess of 30 % run Android six. Marshmallow. Still, with an update to the Google Play Expert services, even these older units will now get obtain to all the goodies that the Google Assistant claims — and typically provides.
If you continue to own one particular of these older Lollipop phones, you should see an update fairly quickly. It’ll only be out there to end users who set their language to English in the U.S., United kingdom, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as effectively as to those who have set their default language to Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Google claims it will also roll out to end users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.
For the reason that the Assistant on these older units is not baked correct into the launcher, though, you are going to have to start the Google Assistant application in advance of you can talk to your telephone for directions, the climate, recipes or jokes (in situation you are feeling unfortunate).
As for Marshmallow and Nougat pill end users, they’ll get the update in excess of the study course of the coming week, as long as they are in the U.S. and have set their language to English.