Owing to its massive success, the Google Assistant recently got public for Nougat and Marshmallow based devices. The Google Now successor, which was once exclusive only to Pixel and Pixel XL, started rolling on other Android devices, in a bid to give Siri and Cortana a run for their money.
However, in a series of developments, Android Police has confirmed that Google Assistant will not be coming to all Nougat and Marshmallow powered devices. In fact, the AI will show up only on Nougat and Marshmallow based smartphones.
Google Assistant Restricted To Android Phones
In a response to the media company, Google said, “The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets”.
The cause of this distinction is still undisclosed, but we suspect Google might be pinning something else for its tablet users – maybe a revamped iteration of Assistant with an interface optimised for big screens or just another marketing gimmick to launch a new tablet with tweaked Assistant support. Either way, it will be a long and tempting wait for Android tablets users.
To recall, Google announced at the end of last month that Google Assistant would begin rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat phones in a number of English-speaking countries. While the company promised future support for other languages as well, the feature seemed to hit most phones in a matter of weeks.
In case you’re still waiting for Google Assistant, try updating Google Play Services and Google app to the latest version on your device. Instead of a physical download, the search giant is pushing this feature as an update to Google Play Services. Once it’s updated, long-pressing the home button will initiate the setup process for Google Assistant. You can check out here how to get Google Assistant.