Google rolls out Assistant to older Android tablets and smartphones


Google today announced Google Assistant is now available for Android tablets in the US and additional smartphones using Android.

Countries such as UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore have already started to receive the Google Assistant in the English language for mobile devices with Android 5.0 and below. Google is also rolling out to the Assistant to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea. As TechCrunch reported, users will first have to open the Google Assistant app before they make a request. However, it has seen limited success, and has now resorted to pushing features like Assistant to older versions as well.

According to Google's own data, 6.1% of all Android devices are still on Android 5.0, while a whopping 20.2% are using the newer Android 5.1. The tablet updates are being rolled out during "the coming week".

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At the I/O Google Developer conference this year, we first heard about Android Go which is a new version of Android for devices with less powerful processors. Similar to the likes of Siri and Alexa, Assistant will allow you to navigate your phones ask it to answer questions for you, rather than searching the web to get your answer. Talking about the tablets, the Google Assistant still lacks the support for Android 5.0 Lollipop. Interesting that Google chose to bring it to iPhone before fixing up its own users. Android 5.0 Lollipop, which launched way back in 2014, is now run on almost 26 per cent of Android devices.

However, despite making Google Assistant available to Android versions that are three years old, the digital assistant will still not be enjoyed by about 20 percent of Android users.