Google shuts down its Device Assist Android app

Almost two years ago, Google released a free Device Assist app for select Android phones and tablets (running at least Android 5.0 Lollipop). If you didn't get the chance to try the app, you won't be able to do it from now on, as Google removed it from Google Play, and is no longer interested in supporting it.

Definitely one of Google's less known (and less used) apps, Device Assist tried to assist users in finding and solving various issues on their phones or tablets. It could also provide weekly tips on how to improve performance or find new Android features. The app was available only on Nexus, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices, but it seems that it simply wasn't as useful as intended, being installed on less than 500,000 devices (that's a very low number for a Google app).

If you already have Device Assist installed on your Android phone or tablet, you can still use it, and even see it in Google Play - although there's probably not much that the app can help you with.

Device Assist isn't the first, and almost certainly not the last app or service that Google is discontinuing. But we guess this is for the better, as the company needs to concentrate on things that people actually find useful.

source: Google via Android Police



1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Maybe Google doesn't want to *assist* any longer in removing its pre-installed spyware?

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

same way allo and duo will soon be shut down

3. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

I dont care what are you smoking, give me some.

4. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Another one bites the dust.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Kind of a useless app anyway. I've never needed assistance or help with my phones...but some people definitely need those genius bars eh? The only times I needed help was if Rogers network was down for some reason.


Posts: 654; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

There's not many things Google has failed at, but this is proof - you can't fix stupid.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I think XDA is my to go site if I need any assistance on ROM update otherwise is just a waste of resources. App upkeep need resources and that why even Microsoft is discontinuing popular app for their own WP phone such as Skype not to mention third parties leaving it in doves.

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