Google Assistant arrives on a large number of Android phones

Google Assistant is starting to show up on a number of Android phones. On Tuesday, we heard from readers who were happy to find the latest version of Google's virtual personal assistant on their Android device. In fact, we were happy to see the update hit our Moto Z Force Droid Tuesday evening. As we've pointed out, Google Assistant is more conversational than Google Now.

Activating Google Assistant is as easy as saying, "Ok Google," or you can simply press on the home button. While it handles many of the same tasks that Google always has, the back and forth between you and the personal assistant will have a more person-to-person feel. It also is found on the Allo messaging app, some Android Wear smartwatches, Google Home and it will be found on Android Auto.

You'll notice a difference between Google Now and Google Assistant right away when you ask follow-up questions on a particular topic. When the prompt comes up, say "I'm feeling lucky" and you instantly become a contestant on a trivia quiz show. Activate Google Assistant and say "Listen to the news" and you will hear several up to date newscasts played consecutively in the order you arrange. You can even ask to see all of the dog pictures in your photo album.

If your Android phone is powered by Android 6.0 or higher, you will receive Google Assistant. If it didn't come yet, fear not. You will receive the update soon. Since it is part of an update to Google Play Services, it won't have to go through carrier or manufacturer testing which means that you should receive it any day now. There are reportedly 500 million eligible Android phones receiving the update, so you can imagine why everyone won't be receiving it at the same time.

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23 Comments

1. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I might be among the selected few that doesn't want Google Assistant on their device(s). I hope there's an option to hide the recommendation (or Update) when I manually check for updates for my apps. I just checked, and nothing showed up :D As a Nexus (5x) owner, I love pure stock Android apps (Keep, Calender, and others). I'm not too keen about the 'Google' app, aside from the satisfaction of the verbal commands to set reminders or send messages. I really won't need Google Assistant on my phone, so I hope I'll have the option of choice on whether to install it or not.

12. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It's google, you probably won't have the option :(.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

? Google always gives you plenty of options (sometimes too many options, like in messaging) You can disable Google Assissant in the settings (just like Google Now)

23. iushnt

Posts: 3103; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Actually apple doesn't give options and dictate their customers not Google.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I dont think you can stop it from updating since I believe it comes with Google Play Services which update automatically But you can disable in the settings (just like Google Now)

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

And its so annoying. I lress the home butrom a d hold and its starts talking. I domt need talking vlive assistants. I do t like Googlw Assistant, SVoic, soro or Cortana. I like searchimg rhe old way. Type and click ok. I dont have to make sure i get heard.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Gawd, that spelling is getting awful everytime. Does your Note 7 sucks at spell check? It's so bad, it gave me cancer.

7. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

LOOOOLLL @ #3 !!!! "it gave him cancer" lmaaaooo!!!!

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Techie, honestly saying, I am not trying to bash you... but please turn autocorrect on in your keyboard's settings... as that will make your posts easier to understand. Come on, man.

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Techie, honestly saying, I am not trying to bash you... but please turn autocorrect on in your keyboard's settings... as that will make your posts easier to understand. Come on, man.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

TechieXP1969, just don't press and hold the home button. Problem solved. Unless you want the whole universe to agree with you that we should not like voice assistant as well.

10. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Are you voice typing?

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Forgive me O' Google for I've doubted thee... No, really... I thought that Google would never roll-out Assistant and Pixel Launcher to anything that doesn't say PIXEL on the tin... I thought Google is creating a monopoly like Apple... O' forgive me Google for I've sinned... Forgive thy minion, The foolish GreenMan son of OldMan... Okay, that's enough... But in all seriousness, I've Cortana disabled on my Lumia since day 'two'... It (she?) sure is fun for a few minutes, okay maybe a few hours... But the 'novelty' wears out soon... Prematurely and permanently, I might add... How this Assistant turns out remains to be seen... But I'm not holding my breath and straining my poor, old, almost ancient, lungs... Age has its quirks, eh? Ah! I 'almost' hate to be old... Oh well, G'Day!

9. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Is the update region specific.. I didn't get any in India

11. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

I had downloaded the latest Play Services APK and installed a few days back and Assistant got activated this morning after a reboot. Running 7.0 Nougat on Moto G4 Plus.

21. Adaikal

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I got it today in my oneplus 3t

13. zac89

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 18, 2016

I manualy updated Google Play, and Google service apps to a latest versions and still nothing... S6 Edge+...

14. sebbellic01

Posts: 305; Member since: May 03, 2016

Haven't got it yet in Australia with my nexus 5x

17. ebilcake

Posts: 1229; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yet, still nothing on my Pixel C. You would think being a Google device and we would get this feature first.

18. macawmatt

Posts: 136; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Gotta love the slow. random roll out. Am I the tech nerd of the house, yep. Am I signed up for the beta track for Google Play Services, yep. And which phone gets this first in my house, my wife's. Do like the option in there to learn your voice, brings me hope that multiple accounts are coming to Home sooner then later.

19. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Just got the update on my HTC 10. Haven't started the process of using it just yet. I rarely used Google Now. Let's see how much I use Assistant.

20. Eclectech

Posts: 349; Member since: May 01, 2013

I woke up this morning to Google Assistant on my HTC 10

22. bbridges89

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

I have the Moto z force , no update yet.

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