Google Assistant finally headed to tablets and more smartphones

Yolanda Curtis
December 14, 2017

What will you ask your Assistant first? According to the company through its official blog, Assistant will be just as powerful as it is on smartphones, with features like setting reminders, adding items to your shopping list, and controlling your smart devices all accounted for.

Google has announced it is expanding its Google Assistant service so that it will be available on more mobile devices. While that's a relatively limited deployment, Google reckons that it'll make Assistant available on more than half of Android devices - in other words, the previous voice system will officially become the minority.

Google Assistant finally headed to tablets and more smartphones

Assistant launched earlier this year on phones, but tablets were notably excluded.

While phones running Android 5.0 and above will get the Assistant, Google says that only tablets running Android 6.0 and above will get the Assistant. Meanwhile, handsets running Android Lollipop are beginning to receive Google Assistant starting today, with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain.


Thankfully, the language and regional restrictions for Assistant on Lollipop aren't almost as tight as they are on tablets.

Google Assistant on phones now supports the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore in English, the U.S., Mexico, and Spain in Spanish, as well as Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. However, it's only rolling out to tablet users with the language set to English in the US.



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