Google Assistant comes to tablets and smartphones running Android Lollipop

14 December, 2017, 16:47 | Author: Rolando Keller
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These devices are getting the Assistant through Google Play services, like Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices did, and are now rolling out to a limited set of countries in a limited number of languages. Similar to smartphones, you will be able to use the Google Assistant to perform various tasks such as setting reminders, controlling your smart home devices, play music, identify a playing song, find local home services, and more. Google will be extending the privilege to smartphones running software as old as Android Lollipop, according to an announcement on its blog.

Google Assistant is available for Android 5.0 Lollipop-powered devices whose language is set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore. Multiple users are reporting that the latest version of Google's mobile OS has broken the multi-touch feature on their phones.

Announced back alongside the first generation Pixel smartphones, Google Assistant was exclusive to Pixel devices.

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Surprisingly, one of the users reported on Google Product forums that the broken multi-touch problem was present in the Android 8.1 Developer Preview 1 as well. Today, however, we have some great news for the hundreds of millions of people out there with Android devices that run Lollipop: You finally have access to one of Google's best creations. That instantly opens up more than a quarter more of the Android user base for Google Assistant to tap into. This means if you are on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android Oreo, you can take advantage of the Google Assistant. Now, they are adding Android 5.0 Lollipop devices to the list. The search-engine giant is also developing a special edition of Google Assistant for Reliance JioPhone. Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and Korea will also be getting the Google Assistant.



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