The Google Assistant is Coming to Tablets and Android 5.0 Lollipop Phones

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Google has announced it’s bringing its Assistant to more phones and tablets over the coming weeks. Initially, the Assistant was made available to those running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher, and now it’ll make its way to even older phones running Android Lollipop and devices with even bigger screens.

Specifically, you’ll need to be running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher on your device to support the Assistant and your tablet will need to run at least Android 6.0. An update to those in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea will bring the Siri competitor to users of these particular devices. Supported languages include English and Spanish.

While most users can enjoy a simple long-press of the home button to activate the Google Assistant, this won’t be the story for those on these older devices. Rather, an icon in users’ “All Apps” lists will be present that can bring up the AI bot. Of course, saying “Okay Google” will still be supported, but it’s still a shame to see long pressing the home button on older phones not supported.


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