Google Assistant now available for tablets, and phones running Android Lollipop

Marlene Weaver
December 15, 2017

According to its listing in the Google Play Store, Google Maps Go works on devices running Android 4.1 and above and is available in 70 languages and features up to date and in-depth maps for 200 countries and territories, as well as business listings of more than 100 million places. Once the update is installed, you'll be able to fire up the AI helper by saying "OK, Google", long-pressing your home button, or by tapping the Assistant icon that's added to your "all apps" list. However, it was available for Android Marshmallow, Nougat and Oreo. But it is the first time that Google Assistant is coming to Android tablets.

Google has announced some of the lighter version of apps for Android phones running with 1GB or less RAM as a part of the Android Oreo Go edition. After the availability of Pixel phones, Assistant was rolled out to all smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow of above.

While most new smartphones run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer versions of Android out of the box, there are still a significant number of smartphones out there that are running on Android Lollipop. Android Police reports the app essentially provides a shortcut of a progressive web app of Google Maps. Both the companies are in a race to sell smart speakers (powered by their respective voice assistant) during the Holiday season.

"Google Assistant also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea".

Google stated at the Google for India event that the main aim of developing Go versions is to help new smartphone users who connect to the Internet. It will also be available in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain, and.

The latest update is also special in that it also expands the scope of Google Assistant to Android tablets as well. Earlier this month, the search giant launched Android Oreo Go, an Android version tailored for the low-priced smartphones.

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