Google Will Roll Out the Google Assistant to All Android 6.0+ Users This Week

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In case Sunday wasn’t already a reason to celebrate, Google has announced that within a special Play Services update which will roll out to all Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat users this week, the Google Assistant will arrive on more phones. In a nutshell, if you have a device released within the past two years, chances are you’re getting the Assistant.


Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Before, only the Google Pixel and Pixel XL had official access to the Assistant. But this morning, LG announced a partnership with Google to bring the AI bot to their new G6 smartphone, making it the first third-party device to receive the new way of communicating with Google. Google did say back when the Pixel was announced that they’d bring the Assistant to more phones, but it was unclear when this time would come. But as hinted by a leaked Google alpha build, it looks like that time has come.

All users will be able to simply long-press their home button for quick access to the Assistant. This change will replace Now on Tap for all users. Of course, you can still access Screen search’s (the new name for Now on Tap) features on swiping up on the Assistant interface.

Google will roll the feature out 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.”

“With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant,” says Google. And yes, that’s very true. If only the Pixel Launcher were available to everyone as well…

4 Replies to “Google Will Roll Out the Google Assistant to All Android 6.0+ Users This Week”

  1. […] Interestingly, the P10 and P10 Plus will arrive with Amazon’s Alexa on board rather the Google Assistant. Whether this is for the better will be up to consumers’ opinions, but it’s not like the phone will never gain access to the Assistant. Google will roll the voice AI bot out to everyone this week. […]

  2. […] Of course, as time goes on, we’ll learn more about who exactly will offer the G6 and how much it’ll cost. For reference, the LG G6 sports a 5.7-inch QHD+ display, a Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, dual cameras, a 3300mAh battery, and Android Nougat with the Google Assistant. […]

  3. […] a tweet which includes the same content. We originally learned the company would make this effort this past Sunday during MWC […]

  4. […] when Google announced the Assistant would begin rolling out to Android Marshmallow and Nougat devices? Yeah, that doesn’t include […]

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