Google rolls out Assistant to older Android tablets and smartphones

Google's plan to bring Assistant to older devices could be in works.

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Highlights

    • Google Assitant rolling out to older Android devices in India
    • About 26 percent of all Android devices run Android Lollipop OS
    • Tablets running Android Marshmallow or above shall receive the update in the “coming weeks.”

Google starts rolling out Assistant to tablets and Android phones. While Android fragmentation has caused clamour for users to wait for the latest update to roll out, Google’s plan to bring Assistant to older devices could be in works.

Google announced via its official blog that Assistant is coming to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and tablets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above.

Notably, Android 5.0 Lollipop still holds over 26 percent market share. Android Marshmallow, meanwhile, accounts for about 29.7 percent of all Android devices running the OS, as per official Android distribution chart.

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If you own a device running Android 5.0 Lollipop, you shall receive the update pretty soon. Google has started pushing the Google Assistant update to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore in addition to those with the default language set to Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain.

The update will also be rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Korea. Google says that once users receive the update and install it, they will see the Assistant app icon on the “All apps” list.

The U.S users who have tablets running Android Marshmallow or above shall receive the update in the “coming weeks.”