Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop

Google Assistant is coming to certain tablets, and smartphones running Android Lollipop
Google announced today that Google Assistant will now be found on Android tablets for the first time. Slates running Android Nougat (7.0) and Android Marshmallow (6.0) will receive an update allowing users to access the feature. In addition, Android powered handsets running Android Lollipop (5.0) will be the recipient of an update that will add the virtual assistant. With Google Assistant, you can set timers and alarms, create lists that will appear on both your phone and tablet, get the latest weather, news, sports scores, stock prices, turn on or off smart appliances, and much more.

Once the update hits your device, you will be given the option to opt-in. If you decide to do so, you will see the Google Assistant app icon on your "All apps" list. Google Assistant for Android tablets will be rolling out to models running Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat sometime during the coming week. The language will be set to English.

Meanwhile, handsets running Android Lollipop are beginning to receive Google Assistant starting today, with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Other countries receiving the update include Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

source: Google



1. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

That's good news for my 2013 Nexus 7 BUT why not just update the device to Android N?

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you only have a 16 GB model, then you will have hardly any free space. Not to mention the Snapdragon S4 pro SoC is only a 32 bit CPU and it's GPU is too old. It doesn't even support Vulkan graphics which was introduced with Android Nougat. Which is the version you have mentioned. Software can only do so much without the necessary hardware. Besides you can always get a Nougat ROM from the developer community for the Nexus 7. There is even an Oreo rom as well.

9. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

As far as my experience with the Adreno 320 in the Dual core S4 Pro goes...It can still handle modern tasks well and would fit in a "lower midrange" position nowadays perhaps competing against the Mali-T830 or the Mali-T720MP2

10. MikeG77

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I actually have the 32gb lte model but i know that the hardware is the major limitation at this point. Considering the age of the device i'm not really interested in uploading anything that's not an official update. I do appreciate the suggestion though.

3. tgom222

Posts: 35; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Just flashed 8.1 on my 2013 Nexus 7 last night :) Runs pretty good, especial for such an early build.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It did? Last time I checked camera and wifi doesn't work.

4. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

You can always flash Lineage OS for some tasty Oreo action!

5. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Is The S4 included?

7. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

And will it ever come to Myanmar?

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