Google Assistant comes to Android Marshmallow and Nougat

By : |February 27, 2017 0

At the MWC’17, Google finally announced that it is bringing the Google Assistant to smartphones running Android Marshmallow and Nougat.

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.

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