The search engine giant Google has announced the launch of its voice-based virtual assistant, Google Assistant, for tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow and for older smartphones running Android 5.0 lollipop.
The Google Assistant was first designed for smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and later for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Initially announced in May 2016 at the Google I/O, the virtual assistant was launched to compete against the Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.
According to ourprevious report, the main reason behind the support for a 2014’s operating system (Android Lollipop) could be the fact that the Android 5.0 and 5.1 Lollipop is currently running in 6.4 and 20.8 percent devices respectively, which makes it the sum of 27 percent devices. This makes it the second most-used operating system after Marshmallow that runs on 30 percent smartphones.
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The Google Assistant can search the Internet, schedule events and alarms, adjust hardware settings on the user’s device, and show information from the user’s Google account and more.
Further, the update is only available for devices based on the English language for India, US, UK, Australia, Canada and Singapore. For the Spanish language, it is introduced in the US, Mexico and Spain.It is also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea. Once the user get the update and opt-in, one will see an Assistant app icon in their All apps list.