Google is adding Google Assistant to tablets and older Android phones

Alex Kidman 14 December 2017

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Just because you never got an update doesn't mean Google's Assistant won't talk to you.

Google first launched its Google Assistant as an exclusive to the first generation Pixel and Pixel XL handsets before setting it free for a wider variety of Android handsets, including many of this year's premium phones as well as more affordable fare from manufacturers such as Motorola and Nokia.

Google also extended Assistant availability to handsets running on Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") earlier in the year.

Today Google has announced that it will stretch back availability for even older Android handsets, as well as tablet devices running the Android operating system as well.

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    Which phones will get Google Assistant?

    According to Google's announcement, the extension of availability for older Android phones extends to devices running Android 5.0 ("Lollipop"), although you'll have to be running the device with the language set to English if you're in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada or Singapore, or Spanish if you're in the US, Mexico or Spain.

    If your Google Play Services is up to date, you should get an opt-in notification inviting you to install the Google Assistant.

    With the massive variety of Android handsets it's not a 100% given that you will get the invite, but based on Google's announcement, that's all you should need.

    Which tablets will get Google Assistant?

    As with handsets, Google is offering the Google Assistant to tablet devices set to English, although it's not rolling it quite as far back as with mobiles.

    Specifically, it's set to appear on Android tablet devices running Android 7.0 ("Nougat") or Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") with the rollout set to commence from this week in the US.

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