[Update: Rolling out Now] Google Assistant Coming Soon for All Android 6.0+ Devices

[Update: Rolling out Now] Google Assistant Coming Soon for All Android 6.0+ Devices

Update 1: Our original article mentioned that Google Assistant would begin rolling out today (2/26), but instead Google has stated it will just roll-out sometime this week. We misinterpreted the announcement, and we apologize for that. You won’t have to wait long for it to roll out, though!

Update 2: Google has announced that starting today (3/2), Google Assistant will begin its official roll-out to all devices on Android 6.0+ within the U.S. Australia, Canada, the U.K., and Germany are soon to follow.

Google Assistant was one of the main selling points of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. This software addition from Google formed a key part of the Pixel experience, and the company intended to keep the experience exclusive for a while. You could still find ways to make use of Google Assistant on unsupported phones, but for the most part, average users would have limited choices if they wished to experience Google Assistant.

That changes soon, as Google has lifted the exclusivity of Google Assistant from the few select means to now include a wide range of devices. All devices running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above with Google Play Services installed will soon be able to access and enjoy Google Assistant just like they could on the Pixel.

Allowing all Android 6.0+ devices access to Assistant expands the apps support to more than 30% of Android users. This is a significant jump when one considers that Android 7.0 and 7.1 together constitute only 1.2% of Android devices as per the Android distribution numbers from February.

Google is also opening up Google Assistant to OEMs to include in their devices. The newly announced LG G6, as a result, will also be shipping with Google Assistant.

Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.

Google says its goal is to eventually “make the Assistant available anywhere you need it.” Opening up to previous Android versions is one step in that direction.


Update: It’s Here

 


What are your thoughts on Google rolling out Assistant to all devices on Android 6.0 and above? Do you look forward to trying it out on your phone? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: The Keyword Blog

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

I am a tech journalist with XDA since 2015, while being a qualified business-litigation lawyer with experience in the field. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected]