Google AI voice Assistant to launch on older Android phones

Published on December 15, 2017

Artificial Intelligence-voiced assistants are the norm of this generation. The market is currently flooded with options when it comes to AI voice assistants. Google mainly is going out of its way to take on its competitors – a list that includes Cortana, Alexa and of course, Siri. The search giant recently made an announcement, stating that its digital voice assistant will also be made available in older Android smartphones.

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According to a report by Tech Crunch, Google Assistant has been an approachable name in most modern smartphones and tablets. However, the Android ecosystem also comprises of older devices that many users still own. Naturally, they do not feature built-in support for an AI-powered assistant. Regardless of how old your Android smartphone is, you will always gain access to Google Voice Assistant. The search giant is implementing support for its voice-activated helper. Starting soon, all smartphones running on Android 5.0 Lollipop or later operating systems, will be able to run Google Assistant. The company says that there are still twenty-six percent smartphones running on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. Around thirty percent of smartphones even run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Google Assistant app will be made available through the company’s Play Services.

This facility is expected to launch in markets, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, Singapore and Australia. Smartphones users are required to set their default language as English. The only other word that Google Assistant supports, other than English, is Spanish in markets of U.S., Spain and Mexico. The company also said that this update would be rolled out to users in Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan, Brazil and Korea soon. After installing the app, users will discover the Google voice Assistant in their respective Home buttons. Additional information regarding this matter will be available with time.

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