Google Assistant coming to older Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System and tablets

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Google Assistant Comes to Tablets, Android 5.0 Lollipop Devices

According to reports, the Google Assistant will be made available for all tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Google has finally released the Google Assistant for Android phones running on Lollipop. The update has started seeding which will enable Android tablets and smartphones running Android 5 Lollipop to experience the smart assistant.

From today, Google Assistant will start rolling out to Android phones who are running Lollipop i.e.

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The update will also be rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Brazil, Germany and Korea. Once users update to latest version of Google Play Services, they will see an Assistant app icon in their "All apps" list.

So now the question is ...

Newer phones have had Google Assistant for a while now, but this is the first time tablets are getting the highly capable AI virtual assistant.

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Android 8.0 Oreo is now available on only 0.3% Android phones, while iOS 11, which was launched in September is present in over 50% of iOS devices. For the users who can not bear this issue on their phone, there is always an option to downgrade to Android 8.0 that will solve the problem until an update comes out from Google. Though the JioPhone comes with its own voice assistant called Hello Jio, the Google Assistant announcement came as a surprise. Earlier this year, Google began rolling it out to other Android smartphones running on Marshmallow and Nougat, followed by Android Wear smartwatches, smart home appliances, TVs, iPhones, and even headphones.

The problem was reported back when the Developer Preview version of Android 8.1 was live, but, as we can see, somehow it slipped by in the official build. With this our aim is to ensure that more and more Indians can get help from the Google Assistant.

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