Google Assistant is coming to ageing Android smartphones and tablets

Google Assistant is coming to ageing Android smartphones and tablets


It's been about seven days since Google declared the dispatch of Android Go - a pared-down rendition of Android 8.1 Oreo, meant to keep running on low end gadgets packing between 1GB and 512MB of RAM.

Google says that devices running Android Go open 15 percent faster compared to other versions of Android.

Earlier this year, the tech giant introduced its voice assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS with Google Play Services. And the smartphones with Lollipop are already receiving it.

Google Maps Go offers numerous same features as the version of Google Maps we're all familiar with, including location information, real time traffic updates and directions. For Mexico and Spain, the language is set to Spanish. However, it'll be available in the "coming weeks" only on English tablets in the United States, but it's a start.

This might sound like a bit of a non-story, but more than 26 per cent of all Android devices are still running some version of Google's ageing Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

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. However, it will be rolled out to other regions like any other new Google feature or app. "Once users get the update and opt-in, they will see an assistant app icon in the "all apps" list", Mukha added. On more modern phones, the Assistant can be brought up by holding down the home button, or by saying "Ok Google" while the screen is on. It sounds like Google isn't quite going to hit this level of saturation, though, since the Assistant is limited by language and country.

Lollipop phone users have already begun to see the update in the USA and other countries if English or Spanish is their default language, and the feature is also rolling out in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. The Assistant would also be made available in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

  • Terrell Bush