Google Assistant is coming to your Android phone soon
On the heels of LG G6's official unveiling at MWC today — which, in case you didn't know already, is the first non-Pixel phone to come with Google Assistant out of the box — Google announced that the smarts of its AI assistant will be gracing more phones in the very near future.
Starting this week, smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat will be getting an OTA update for Google Play Services that will enable Google Assistant.
The new feature will be rolling out to English language users in the US, Australia, Canada, and the UK, and German-speaking users in Germany, starting as early as this week. Support for more languages will be added in the coming months, the Big G promises.
It is currently unclear whether every single smartphone out there running Android Marshmallow and up would fit the bill to receive the update, but one thing we know for sure is that, in order to use Google Assistant, you must have Google Play Services installed on your device. This means that Android smartphones from certain regions that are not supported by Play Services will not be receiving Google Assistant.
Also expect to see a lot more Android smartphones launching with Google Assistant from the get-go.