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Huge Google Assistant Rollout Begins

Huge Google Assistant Rollout Begins
Hundreds of millions of Android smartphone users will get Google Assistant on their phones with a software update.

(CCM) — The number of Android smartphones that have Google Assistant is set to explode following an announcement on YouTube that a rollout to some devices running Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat began yesterday. Google also tweeted: "Now rolling out to more @Android phones, it's time to meet your #GoogleAssistant." The company had previously announced plans for an Assistant rollout at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 earlier this week. The expansion will start in the U.S., with users in Australia, Canada, the U,K. and Germany receiving the Assistant in the near future.

Rather than receive Google Assistant functionality from a dedicated app in the way that users can download a Microsoft Cortana app, Google is adding Google Assistant via a Google Play Services update. Although the company has said that Google Assistant will be available to hundreds of millions of Android users with "eligible" phones it has not published a list of devices that will receive the update. But once upgraded users will be able to use Google Assistant instead of the previously available voice search features. The Assistant can be activated by long-pressing the home button on most devices.

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