Google Assistant arrives on older phones running Android Lollipop and tablets

Google Maps Go can be downloaded from the Play store in India

As for when you will see Assistant hit your Android tablet or Lollipop-running smartphone, Google says tablets should see it in the coming weeks and Lollipop users should start seeing it immediately in select markets (US included).

It's not just Android phone users that are getting the Google Assistant treatment.

Google Assistant, the search giant's virtual assistant which is now available for smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above will soon be available for Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones. Users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea are also getting Assistant while Spanish users in the USA can also expect to get option to opt in to Assistant as well.

Now, the company has confirmed that the Google Assistant will be rolling out to tablets next week to users with the language set to English in the U.S. and later to other markets.

Once users receive the update and decide to opt in to the service, an Assistant app icon will appear in the device's All Apps list.

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Google Assistant is supposed to let users carry out a variety of tasks, including the ability to set reminders, create a shopping list, give alerts on maps, ask about the weather, etc. Google Assistant can also search for photos in the Google Photos apps and can understand natural language as well.

Google also integrated the assistant on its Pixel Buds and opened it up to some third-party hardware, like GE appliances. It'll launch on Android Lollipop phones where Google Assistant is already available, like the UK.

In layman terms, Android device users can communicate with Google Assistant like a normal one-on-one conversation with another person and can continue the conversation as long as they want. Besides, it was also unavailable for Android tablets. Surprisingly, Google has failed to mention anything about the Google Assistant support on Pixel C, which the only Oreo-powered tablet right now.

The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S. Android Marshmallow, meanwhile, accounts for about 29.7 percent of all Android devices running the OS, as per official Android distribution chart. Interesting that Google made a decision to bring it to iPhone before fixing up its own users.

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