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Google Assistant now available for tablets, and phones running Android Lollipop

Google Assistant now available for tablets, and phones running Android Lollipop

After the availability of Pixel phones, Assistant was rolled out to all smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow of above. The integration isn't seamless as it is on newer versions of Android, where it's baked into the launcher - you'll have to launch the Google Assistant manually every time you want to use it.

The AI helper the same functionality as the version found on newer Android devices, which means you'll be able to bark at your outdated smartphone in order to open apps, get restaurant recommendations or, if you're feeling down, to hear a joke.

Further, Mukha mentioned that the Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop is rolling-out in the USA, the UK, Australia, India, Canada and Singapore with the language option set to English. Other regions where the update will also be made available include Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Japan.

Google is rolling out its personal AI Google Assistant to users with phones running older versions of its Android OS, finally giving more people the voice-controlled smart features that are becoming a hallmark of the platform. However, that will be changing in the coming week for tablets running Marshmallow or above.

Google Maps Go is available in more than 70 languages and features comprehensive, accurate maps in 200 countries and territories, as well as detailed business info for more than 100 million places. We also have word from Android Police that the app seems to be a progressive web app (PWA), akin to Twitter Lite. The company is now testing a lite version of Google Maps, the Google Maps Go.

The latest update is also special in that it also expands the scope of Google Assistant to Android tablets as well.

Meanwhile, at the Google for India event earlier, Google VP of Engineering Shashidhar Thakur had stated that the prime aim of developing Google Go was to help new smartphone users "come on the Internet", and at the same time help them access the Web easily.

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