A new Android update brings Google's Assistant to phones running Lollipop and tablets with Nougat and Marshmallow.
(CCM) — Google is rejuvenating older Android mobile phones by bringing Google Assistant to handsets running Android 5.0 Lollipop, the company has announced. The operating system was launched back in 2014, but is still used by almost 26% of all Android devices.
Google is also bringing its Assistant to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. "With the Assistant on tablets, you can get help throughout your day—set reminders, add to your shopping list (and see that same list on your phone later), control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more," said Maksim Mukha, a Google Assistant program manager, in the announcement.
However, users will not be able to get help from the intelligent assistant just by saying "OK Google." Instead they will have to launch an Assistant app to summon help.
The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S., while Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out in to users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain. It is also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.
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