Google has just confirmed that the Google Assistant is now rolling out to all the smartphones running on Android Marshmallow and Nougat. It is worth noting that you don’t need to download any APK file since the update is rolling out through an update to Google Play Services. So if you see a Play Services update on the Play Store, update it immediately and your device will be having the Google Assistant AI on it.
The update will first roll out to the users in the United States and then will follow to Australia, Canada, the UK, and Germany.
— Google (@Google) March 2, 2017
Google has finally expanded the availability of Google Assistant beyond a limited set of devices. Google Assistant was launched last year alongside the Google branded Pixel smartphones. It was later baked into Google Home, Google Allo, and Android Wear. And now, the search giant has announced that the same will be rolled out to all Android devices running Android Marshmallow and above.
This will essentially expose the AI service to 31.9 percent of Android users. Users with the eligible device will get an update notification for the Google app – which the Assistant is a part of. After the update, users can enable the new voice interface on all devices that can handle it.
Just announced LG G6, will be the first smartphone to launch with Google Assistant out of the box. The search giant is actively working with other OEMs to ensure that the update reaches their phone at the earnest.
The Google Assistant rollout will start from today and may take a couple of weeks before hitting every Marshmallow and Nougat device. This rollout of Assistant for Marshmallow and Nougat will be made available to English-language users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada, India, and the U.K., as well as German speakers in Germany. The company promises to add more languages in future but hasn’t specified any timeline for the same.
Google said, “The Google 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.”
As far as the requirements are concerned, you will need to have a device running Android Marshmallow or Nougat OS with at least 1.5GB of memory and a 720p or higher screen resolution. Google app 6.13 is the latest version of Google Assistant.