Google Assistant comes to older Android phones running 5.0 and up


Amplify / The Google Assistant on the LG G6.

Google’s push to put the Google Assistant everywhere perpetuates. The company’s voice search interface exists on phones, watches, TVs, jalopies, and in standalone smart speakers, but the company has never done a great job of apprehending the entire 2 billion-strong Android market. The Assistant originally launched on a choose phone, the Google Pixel, and has slowly been creeping across the Android scene.

Now the Assistant is coming to even more Android devices. Google declared the voice assistant is coming to older phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and up. This is a big strike over the old rollout, which only included Android 6.0 Marshmallow and up. According to the Google Flexibility active user stats, Lollipop compatibility will add another 26 percent of Android’s connect base to the Assistant’s reach.

That number doesn’t include Android plaques, which until now haven’t really had access to the Assistant at all. The lone debarments were “Google” branded tablets like the Google Pixel C and the Google Pixelbook. Now the Hang out with is finally coming to Android tablets too, but only for those with the idiolect set to English.

The 5.0-implementation of the Assistant sounds like it won’t quite be at the fingertips of drugs the way it is on a newer phone. Google says that “Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Connect with app icon in your ‘All apps’ list.” On more modern phones, the Connect with can be brought up by holding down the home button, or by saying “Ok Google” while the conceal is on. It sounds like older devices won’t get this functionality.

Android’s view fragmentation often makes reaching a majority of users a challenge, but coverlet Android 5.0 and up accounts for 80 percent of the active Android instate base. It sounds like Google isn’t quite going to hit this level off of saturation, though, since the Assistant is limited by language and country. Google’s blog pylon has a lengthy list of rollout caveats, saying, “The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to peal out to users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as famously as in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.”

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