Google Rolling Out Personal Assistant to All Nougat and Marshmallow Devices

March 2, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Google Assistant is finally coming out of the Pixel boundary. The personal assistant from Google will finally make its mark on a non-pixel device, and the bigger news is that it won’t be confined to Nougat OS either.

Google Assistant was earlier reported to be coming to non-pixel devices after having its code spotted on Nexus as well as on non-Nexus device. Now, Google has confirmed the expansion after unveiling the feature for the first ever non-Pixel smartphone in Mobile World Congress 2017.

LG G6, the flagship smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer was the first non-Pixel smartphone that showcased Google Assistant. Simultaneously, Google has also revealed that it will be made available on a host of devices, including those running Android Marshmallow.

The latter would mean that Google Assistant will make a strong presence once it starts rolling out to non-Pixel smartphones.

The expansion will commence soon, and the initial markets where Google Assistant will arrive initially include US, Canada, Australia, Germany and UK. Users of US will be the first to receive the update, with Google Assistant set to roll out right this week for US smartphones. Users won’t be required to upgrade their OS, as Google Assistant will be available straightway when available through Google Play Services.

Apart from LG, Nokia has also confirmed the support of Google Assistant in its newly revealed Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 Android smartphones. Google Assistant was available only on Google Home and Android Wear 2.0 devices apart from Pixel smartphones until now.

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