[MWC 2017] When Google launched the Pixel phones, they approached it with an interesting strategy that they have never done on Nexus devices, which is where they made certain features exclusive to the Pixel. One of those coveted features was Google Assistant, the new voice assistant software for Android.
The good news is that during LG’s presentation and announcement of the LG G6, Google also announced that Google Assistant will now be available to all Android devices running at least Android 6.0 or above. According to Google, “The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.”
As Google notes, this will be available to Android users starting this week, so if you are a non-Pixel owner looking to get your hands on the feature, you’ll want to keep an eye out for it. Google writes, “The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year.”
As to how you can get it on your phone, according to Google, “The Google Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services.”