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Google Assistant hits Android 6.0, 7.0 devices

The Google Assistant is essentially a supercharged take on Google Now, delivering reminders, answers to more specific questions and more. It was initially limited to the Pixel handsets, Android Wear 2.0 and Google’s speakers, but now, Google has launched the tool for recent Android smartphones.

As of yesterday (2 March), Google has been pushing the service to devices with Marshmallow or Nougat, the web colossus confirmed on its blog.

“Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it’s rolling out to¬†Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow¬†devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch and hold the Home button.”

Google Assistant, an enhanced take on Google Now, comes to Android Marshmallow and Nougat devices this week

The company added in a previous post that it’ll automatically come to those devices — no updates required.

The house of Android also gave a few more examples of Google Assistant queries, such as finding booking numbers for flights, GPS navigation, showing a specific set of pictures in Google Photos and turning on IoT devices such as lights.

Google Assistant’s expansion comes after several smartphone manufacturers, primarily LG and Nokia, announced support for the service at Mobile World Congress this week.

Author | Hadlee Simons

Hadlee Simons
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