Google Assistant, the Siri equivalent on Android will now be available to all devices running Marshmallow and above. The feature was exclusive to the Pixel devices since their launch in November 2016. The Assistant is an extension of Google search on the phone capable of delivering information in the form of conversations.
The Assistant will be available on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices by long pressing the home button. It will replace the Google Search’s Now On Tap function post the update. You wouldn’t have to wait for a software update from your phone manufacturer to get this new feature. Google is updating the search app which will bring it to all devices at the same time. The recently launched LG G6 is the first smartphone to sport the Google Assistant out of the box. At the MWC event, Nokia also announced that the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and the Nokia 3 will have the Assistant at launch.
Google is opting for a staged rollout and the Assistant will be first available to English users in the US. English users in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and German speakers in Germany will soon receive the update.
With this rollout, the Assistant will be available on close to 30% of active Android devices in the world. The virtual assistant is currently available on the Android Wear, Google Allo and Google Home and Google’s Android TV is expected to get the update soon.