Google said Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to users in the U.S., followed by English speakers in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom; and German speakers in Germany. “We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year,” Gummi Hafsteinsson, product lead for the Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post.
Until now, the Google Assistant was only available to a selection of Google-branded hardware and software: Google’s chat app Allo and Google’s smart-home device Google Home; Android Wear; Google’s Pixel smartphones.
Users will be able to access the service with the signature command, “OK, Google” to do things like take a photo, set and access calendar items, get directions to places, find the nearest restaurant, pull up flight information, check the weather, operate smart-home devices, and much more.
An important thing to note here is that the Assistant will only be made available on Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services ( i.e. smartphones from makers that customise Android aren’t included) with at least 1.5GB of memory and a 720p or higher screen resolution.