Posted By on 3 Mar 2017


Google has taken on Apple's Siri,  Microsoft's Cortana and  Amazon's Alexa with its own voice assistant called Google Assistant.

Google first unveiled Assistant at Google I/O in May 2016, launched it on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones, brought it to Google Home , Google's Allo App, Android Wear 2.0. At Mobile World Congress, the company had promised to bring Google Assistant to more devices, and today it is making good on that promise. Now it's all set for a wider roll-out to all Marshmallow and Nougat devices, so will be coming to a lot more phones.

"Your Google Assistant helps you get more done, in your world. And starting today, it's rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. To get started, touch and hold the Home button," Google said in its official blog post.

What is Google Assistant?

Google Assistant is Google's latest iteration of an assistant. It's considered an upgrade or an extension of Google Now designed to be personal  as well as an expansion of Google's existing "OK Google" voice controls. 

The "OK Google" side covers voice commands, voice searching, and voice-activated device control, letting you do things like send messages, check appointments and so on on your Android device, just like Apple's Siri on an iPhone or iPad and Window's Cortana. Google Assistant fuses all this together with a new bot-centric AI experience, designed to give you conversational interactions that cover both these areas and more.

Let's see how it works, which devices it is available on, and when you'll be able to use it.

Google has confirmed it will begin rolling out an update the week of 26 February for Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow phones.

The Google Assistant will first hit devices in the US, followed by users in Australia, Canada and the UK in the English language. The Assistant will also be made available in Germany, in the local language. The company also plans to add more languages this year, but there is nothing specific revealed around these plans.

The phones that will get Google Assistant include:

  • Samsung Galaxy S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
  • HTC 10
  • HTC U Ultra
  • LG G5
  • LG V20
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Huawei P9

Google hasn't officially confirmed the device list for the Google Assistant upgrade, but it comes as part of a Google Play Services update for devices running Android Nougat and Android Marshmallow, meaning that many phones should be supported.

Google Assistant can be accessed on any supported device by updating Google Play services. Once installed, users can launch the AI assistant by pressing the Home button.

Considering that Google Assistant has received positive feedback from critics and users alike, it might end up making a strong case in favour of Google's mobile platform.Google Assistant relies on machine learning, which means it will get better over time as it gets more and more commands has provided it with favour from certain critics even on comparison with Apple's Siri, which can be considered a veteran player in this field. 

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