Thursday March 02, 2017

Google Assistant Is Coming to All Android 6.0 and above Devices

Those of us who bothered to download Allo or own Pixel devices have already gotten a taste of Google Assistant, but now the feature is seeing a wide release and will be available on all devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above. It is being touted as an evolution of Google Search and "OK Google"آ—lazier folks may love it, but it seems like a massive channel for eavesdropping.

آ…think of it as an evolution of Google Search and "OK Google," with a bit of added functionality like smart home controls, remembering things, and an open API developers can plug into. However, don't be surprised if you notice that Assistant on your phone is still oddly missing some features that Google Search has had for a while, like recognizing songs, reading messages, and adding items to specific Google Keep lists. The hope is that when Assistant launches on non-Pixels this week, it will truly replace Google Search and not lack any commands users have been issuing for years, or disappointment will ensue.