The Google Assistant, Google’s tackle Siri, Cortana and Alexa with out the approachable title, has lengthy been out there on most trendy telephones and tablets. However given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older gadgets won’t ever get the newer variations of Android that truly characteristic built-in assist for the Assistant. Now, nevertheless, Google is bringing support for its voice-activated helper to telephones operating Android 5.zero Lollipop and tablets operating Android 7.zero Nougat and 6.zero Marshmallow.
Lollipop launched again in 2014, so we’re speaking a few slightly previous telephone working system right here (Android eight.1 is now customary on Google’s personal Pixel telephones), however according to Google, over 26 p.c of all Android gadgets nonetheless run some model of Android 5.zero Lollipop. Simply over 30 p.c run Android 6.zero Marshmallow. Nonetheless, with an replace to the Google Play Providers, even these older gadgets will now get entry to all of the goodies that the Google Assistant guarantees — and sometimes delivers.
For those who nonetheless personal certainly one of these older Lollipop telephones, it’s best to see an replace comparatively quickly. It’ll solely be out there to customers who set their language to English within the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, in addition to to those that have set their default language to Spanish within the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Google says it is going to additionally roll out to customers in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.
As a result of the Assistant on these older gadgets isn’t baked proper into the launcher, although, you’ll must launch the Google Assistant app earlier than you possibly can ask your telephone for instructions, the climate, recipes or jokes (in case you feel unhappy).
As for Marshmallow and Nougat pill customers, they’ll get the replace over the course of the approaching week, so long as they’re within the U.S. and have set their language to English.