Google Assistant arrives on older phones running Android Lollipop and tablets

Kristi Paul
December 14, 2017

The search engine giant has chose to further expand the Assistant's reach and it will now also be available for phones and tablets running Android Lollipop and above.

In an effort to expand its personal voice assistant further, Google is now bringing Assistant to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat.

But, a few weeks ago, the new Google beta app v7.14, which was released to testers showed support for Google Assistant in Android tablets, giving a ray of hope for Android tablet owners to experience the Google Assistant soon. Now, they are adding Android 5.0 Lollipop devices to the list. This makes it the second most-used operating system after Marshmallow that runs on 30 percent smartphones. Going forward, users based in Japan, Italy, Brazil, Germany, and Korea can also download and work with the Google Assistant. For the Spanish language it is introduced in the US, Mexico and Spain.

Google previous year started seeding its "Assistant" AI to devices including smartphones and Google Home.

With the broader roll out to older versions of Android, Google is making the assistant accessible to everyone.

That's it. With the tips and tricks mentioned above, you should be able to get Google Assistant on your Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop running phone.

Google might have made this move looking at the Android Lollipop distribution numbers. Once you get the update and opt-in, you'll see an Assistant app icon in your "All apps" list, the company announced in a blog post. The feature will arrive as a part of an update for Google Play Services. The update also doesn't include India, the second-largest smartphone market in the world, where users are more likely to purchase more affordable devices with older versions of Android on board.

Google Assistant also powers the Google Home speakers and can control smart devices like plugs and lights, though users in India will need to find compatible devices for the same.

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