At Google I/O 2019 earlier this week, Google announced that they will be upgrading Google Assistant where it will be much faster compared to previous generations of the software. If you were hoping to get your hands on the upgraded Google Assistant, then you might be interested to learn that you might have to buy the Pixel 4 to get it.
This is because it has been revealed that the new Google Assistant will only debut alongside the Pixel 4. This means that it will probably be around the fourth quarter of the year before it is released. As to whether or not older Pixel handsets will get it, we imagine that they will, but it seems that the Pixel 4 might get it before them.
Google did not mention if the new and improved Google Assistant will need higher-end hardware to run it, so it also unclear if the recently-launched Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL handsets will be eligible to get it. One of the problems with digital assistant software is that it usually requires the commands issued to it to be sent back to a remote server to be processed.
This usually results in a slight delay, depending on how fast your internet connection is. However, from what we can tell from Google’s demonstration (you can check out the video above), the upgraded version of Google Assistant is almost latency-free where it feels almost instantaneous.