Google today announced that its AI helper, Google Assistant, will begin rolling out to users with smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Previously, the company’s AI assistant was exclusive to the Pixel smartphone, Google Home, the Google Allo app, and Android Wear devices.
Google Assistant will first arrive to English users in the United States this week, followed soon after with an English debut in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Support for German speakers will be coming soon, and Google said that it will “continue to add more languages over the coming year.” Users with eligible Nougat and Marshmallow devices will automatically gain Google Assistant through Google Play Services.
Whether you need to know how to say “nice to meet you” in Korean or just a simple reminder to do laundry when you get home, your Assistant can help. With the Google Assistant on Android phones, you have your own personal, helpful Google right in your pocket.
A few new smartphones will be incorporating Google Assistant from the get-go as well, including the LG G6 and some other “newly announced partner devices,” including the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG V20, and HTC 10. Sony and Huawei will also have smartphones that support Google Assistant.
With the expansion of Google Assistant to more smartphone lines, as well as a future launch on TVs and in cars, Google is continuing to bolster the Assistant’s competition against Apple and Siri. Many smartphone vendors are reported to be doubling down on artificial intelligence features for smartphones debuting in 2017 and beyond, including Apple with the “iPhone 8” and an update to Siri that is said to bring more “enhanced” capabilities to the personal assistant.
In its announcement post, Google said that its ultimate goal “is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it.” Google’s hope for an AI future was highlighted at a media event in October where it unveiled Google Home, the Pixel smartphone, and more, while connecting everything to its artificial intelligence initiatives.
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