Google Assistant now on tablets and older pre-Marshmallow Android smartphones

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The company has announced that it is bringing Google Assistant to tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. Google announced the update on the "Android Wear Developers" Google Plus group. Moreover, users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea will also be getting the Assistant on their phones.

Fortunately, Google has set out to fix this by pushing out an update containing Assistant to users running Android 5.0 Lollipop. 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.

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. However, not all Android smartphones received the Google Assistant.

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The Assistant for tablets comes with features like making shopping lists (which automatically gets synced with your phone), set reminders, control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather, ask questions and more.

Once exclusive to Google's Pixel phones, Assistant launched earlier this year on Android devices but tablets were left out.

Tablets running Android Marshmallow or above shall receive the update in the "coming weeks". In addition, the AI will hit smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. Interesting that Google chose to bring it to iPhone before fixing up its own users. In Google's Chrome browser, for instance, Data Saver can help users conserve more than 600 MB of data per year.

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