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Google Assistant Already Available for Older Android Devices

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Who hasn’t heard of Google Assistant, right?

You want to have Google Assistant on your Android phone or tablet, but your devices are running on older operating systems like Android 5.0 Lollipop, Android 7.0 Nougat, and 6.0 Marshmallow.

(Read: Everything You Need to Know About Google Assistant)

Here’s good news, Google Assistant is now available for older Android phones and tablets, according to an announcement from Product Manager Maksim Mukha.

Google Assistant for Tablets

For tablets, Google said a user of an older device could utilize the Assistant’s features like “setting reminders, adding items to a shopping list, control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more.”

(Read: Google Assistant Adds Command for Syncing Smart Home Devices)

Google Assistant on tablets will roll out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S., Google added.

As for Assistant for older Android phones, it already has rolled out to users with the language set to English in the U.S., U.K., India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain.

Assistant will also be rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

“Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Assistant app icon in your ‘All apps’ list,” Mukha said.

Lollipop was launched in 2014, so it is an old system since Google’s Pixel phones use Android 8.1.

Google, however, revealed that more than 26 percent of all Android devices still run

Android 5.0 Lollipop while a little over 30 percent still have Android 6.0 Marshmallow as OS.

TechCrunch reported that Google Assistant on older Android devices “isn’t baked right into the launcher” so a user has to launch the Assistant app before he or she can utilize its features.

What’s Next?

Google Assistant is now available for older Android phones and tablets.

What can you say about it? Share your comments below.

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