Google Assistant is coming to all Android phones in the coming weeks.
Announced on the official Google blog, Google Assistant will begin rolling out the all Android phones that are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat. The smart assistant was previously only available on a select few products including the Pixel, Google Home, Allo and Android Wear smartwatches. The roll out will mean that phones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG and more will soon have access to Google Asisstant and all the wonderful services it provides to it’s users. Whether your asking it a question about the weather or need help finding a specific photo from Google photos, Google Assistant can help you in a quick and accurate fashion. They will be rolling it out in the U.S. to English speaking users first, then Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom will get access. They are adding more languages and the first non-English language will be German users in Germany.
Getting Google Assistant in every possible Android devices is a smart move to further compete against Amazon’s Alexa which has a head start when it comes to smart assistants. Google has a unique position considering they make more products than the Amazon Echo speaker and have access to a ton of users through 3rd party phone manufactures who use Android. In addition to now baking Google Assistant into phones from OEM’s, they’re planning on making the assistant available in TV’s and cars very soon. They want this product to be baked into everything that people interact with on a daily basis so users can start relying on Google to help them throughout the day. Although it might not be the most polished and useful product yet, Google Assistant is already far and away the best product out there and getting more users on board will surely help Google quickly iterate and improve it.