Google Assistant now available for Android Lollipop phones, tablet support added

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These devices are getting the Assistant through Google Play services, like Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices did, and are now rolling out to a limited set of countries in a limited number of languages.

The Google Assistant was first designed for smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and later for Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The search giant is now bringing the Assistant to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out in to users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain.

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The Google Assistant will be rolled out to Android tablets, however, not all Android tablets will get the Assistant.

While users who meet the requirements mentioned above will be getting Google Assistant on their Lollipop device sooner or later, but it's the users who have the language set to English (US) on their phones, will receive the Google Assistant update first. It recently announced that the JioPhone will also support Google Assistant. It has been mentioned that Android tablet users in the U.S. will get Google Assistant in English language.

Google might have made this move looking at the Android Lollipop distribution numbers. After the update, you will be able to add the Assistant and opt-in to use it. Also, the declining sales in global markets added credence on why Google Assistant might never come to tablets. The voice assistant was introduced in May 2016 at Google's developer conference along with the Google Allo app and Google home smart speaker.

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