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Google Assistant Coming This Week to All Phones Running Nougat and Marshmallow

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Starting this week, Google is bringing Google Assistant to all Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. That’s a cool 30% of Android devices, according to the most recent distribution numbers

Google made the announcement this morning during Mobile World Congress, stating that it would arrive automatically on your phone through the latest Google Play Services update. The rollout may take some time, but many of you are about to gain access to Google Assistant very soon.

Specifically, Google says Assistant will arrive “this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany.”

Previously, Assistant was an exclusive to the Pixel phones. However, in the non-phone world, you can already find it in Google Home, in Allo, and on Android Wear 2.0.

To see Google Assistant in action, be sure to checkout the video below.

Via:  Google
  • Sean Lally

    Anyone seeing anything? Not on my 5x yet…

  • Wade Gustafson Jr.

    but, I thought ive had it on my lg v20..I use it all the time..I say ok google and can ask questions..make calls..txt..set reminders..im lost now..what is this going to add?

  • rushabh mahadik

    Did any1 get assistant?

  • Higher_Ground

    I kind of just prefered having Google Now on the home button long press. I don’t really like talking to my phone, so having the ability to quickly open up Now and type in my questions was great. If I really wanted to speak to it, I could always use the “OK Google prompt” or hit the microphone button in the search bar. Mainly I’m just annoyed that you can’t type with Assistant – it’s all voice based.

    • Sean Lally

      You can type to Allo which uses Assistant.

  • Howard Stern ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Can’t wait to get this in my v20. Love it on my pixel.

  • Actually Convenient

    Good to see they have acknowledged the lack of Nougat adoption by giving this to Marshmallow users.

  • mlm5em

    APK? Anyone? Please?

  • Gonzales

    So you can still do a screenshot with assistant?

  • SVTCobra

    It needs too many things turned on like web history so it’s useless to me. In fact, it’s annoying and in the way. Had to edit my build prop to get rid of it.

  • Ryan

    Hopefully it will play nicer with my Google Home. For some reason Google Now forgot that I had a home and stopped doing the “this is being answered on another device” and started getting angry with me.

    • SA_NYC

      I was wondering that — is this Assistant the same as whatever’s behind Google Home? Because Home’s search are really useful, that was one of the big reasons I switched from an Echo.

      • Ryan

        Supposedly it is BUT, and its a big one, their functionality isnt the same. Some things the home can do that the assistant cant, some things the assistant can do but the home cant.

        Its all really such a mess. Google, while having some good ideas, seems to be run by crack-addled rhesus monkeys. With what they are doing with messaging, the non-Nexus Nexus, Android Wear Non-Nexus Nexus watches and this there is no logic to their development.

    • jowaldo

      Mine stopped too but only sometimes. It can be inconsistent one try right after another with no changes to the circumstance

    • Sean Lally

      Yes, same here. Super annoying. Hope it’s fixed…

  • KleenDroid

    They are trying to get this to more people now before Samsung releases their assistant with the new S8.

    Google should have given this to everyone from the beginning.

    • B!

      If Bixby is anything like S Voice, Google Assistant has nothing to worry about. It doesn’t period, but it really doesn’t when it comes to S Voice.

      • I’m a huge Samsung fan but I don’t see any Assistant including Bixby competing with Google Assistant, they have entirely too much information and basically own the internet

      • sinfoman

        S Voice. I never even used it once (that I’m aware of). I just thought, “can this be any better than google voice search? No. OK, moving on.”

        • B!

          I would try it on tne S3 back when I was still selling Samsung phones but team Moto at the time. I thought it was terrible then & especially hated it when it was the only way to voice text on the Note 7.

          • sinfoman

            You couldn’t use a third party text to speech on N7? Like, I have swype plus dragon speak, which is pretty fantastic. Can you clarify about the N7?

          • B!

            I could’ve switched to Google keyboard or Swiftkey but I like Samsung’s keyboard & on the Note 7 that was the only to change the mic.

  • DanWazz

    About time. One of my main gripes with Google as of late was not giving this feature to Nexus users. Now they need to allow 3x Carrier Aggregation on all carriers, not just VZW.

    • KleenDroid

      Another example as to why they didn’t really want to sell the Pixle. Made it very difficult to purchase one outside of Verizon.

      And if you were unlucky enough to get one we now find out the LTE speeds have been hobbled on other carriers by built in software by Google.

      The Pixle was never intended to be purchased outside of Verizon.

      • tnt

        I hadn’t heard about the LTE speed thing… I remember seeing something about that on the iPhone 7 thanks to the different radios, but not the Pixel… *goes to Google*

  • Bourne, Jason C.

    This should have happened last year. No reason for it to have been exclusive to the Pixel line at launch… It won’t get smarter if only a small group is using it.

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      • Orlando aka Pixel XL

        I can’t curse on the discussion board yet this clown posts spam…can u fix this?

        • That wasn’t spam, that was a link that teaches you how to make BIG MONEY working from home. Gosh 😛

          • sinfoman

            “buy lots of beer for beer drinking with beer.” We CLEARLY don’t hang out enough…

    • scottalias

      Probably some technical issues.

    • michael arazan

      Have had it on my N6 for a year, beta program, and I still have it but using Google now still instead

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    • Benjamin Clay

      Probably the best thing about pixel. Couldn’t release it to all phones and expect to make money on this new phone.

  • Tiuri Elvander

    What about English users in other countries???

    • What are “other countries”? Google does not know of these…

      That’s what you get for having rights and privacy laws, HAH!

  • donebrasko

    Will we lose Google Tap?

    • It has it built in

      • donebrasko

        Is it just as easy to access?

        • You just hold the home button and scroll down and it has pretty much the same Tap features.

    • VAVAMk_2

      On Tap is now called “screen search” if you look in Google Settings on your phone. Google Now is called the “feed”

  • Larry Simpson

    Never used Google now so I doubt I’ll use this

    • Sean Lally

      Try it, you’ll like it…

      • Brent Cooper

        I used it once or twice when the update came to me but never since then. I never found a use for it. What do you use it for? It’s a great theory in practice but I would love to know more use instances for it so I can use it more. Thanks!

        • Frettfreak

          so much…. set alarms, add calendar appointments, google search hands free, TONS of stuff really. the rest of now is even more useful with package tracking, traffic alerts (even when not using maps), payment reminders, all kinds of other things. I use it daily.

        • Sean Lally

          Reminders is my main use for it. I set reminders multiple times per day. Now I’ve got my home automation linked into it so I can now turn on lights hands free when I’m carrying my ancient dog to bed. Make sure all my doors are locked, etc. Not sure if all that’s going to be available on the phone, guess we’ll see. Also, adding stuff to the grocery shopping list is used all the time by the whole family.

  • Tieland

    *checks if its April 1st*
    Woohoo!

    I’m either glad all our whining worked, or embarrassed we didn’t need to do it. Either way I’m happy

    • Frettfreak

      yeah, but you would have been upset when they gave you the stripped down, not very robust, version that was out first and it wouldnt have wowed anyone. this is the way google does EVERYTHING, pixel users were basically the beta group. Now, its had some time with a small set of users to get kinks worked out, do way more stuff, and make sure its what google is looking for. Now they will send out a very polished version that competes with everything else out there and they are sending it out to the masses.

      • russjr08

        I haven’t kept up with Assistant, what’s changed since the pixel release and now? I thought home was the only one with new features.

  • Sean Lally

    Will be interesting to see how this coexists with Home. Maybe I’ll finally be able to set Reminders again via my phone when in the presence of Home? AFT…