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Google Assistant rolling out for Android Tablets and Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop

14 December 2017, 10:10 | Gretchen Simon

Google Assistant rolling out for Android Tablets and Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop

Don't buy a new phone to access Google Assistant Older devices to soon have them

Google promised an Android version for low-end devices and now, it's making good on its word by introducing the new Android Oreo Go. Google Assistant for Android tablets will be rolling out to models running Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat sometime during the coming week.

It is also rolled out to 5.0 Lollipop phones that have the language set to Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. It will also be available to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

The Assistant for phones is already available for devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher with Google Play Services.

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Google Assistant rolling out for Android Tablets and Android 5.0/5.1 Lollipop

Which tablets will get Google Assistant? Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with an active install base of 29.7 percent, is the most widely used version of Google's mobile operating system. Older phone owners were stuck with upgrading or going Assistant-less. As of December 11th, only 0.5% Android smartphones are running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo, and the years-old Android Lollipop is still on 26.3% smartphones.

Besides some Android phones and tablets, Assistant is also available on Google Home and other smart speakers and appliances, iPhones, Google Allo, and Android Wear devices. Afterwards, Assistant will be accessible through a new Assistant app icon. That said, it's a welcome start for Google Assistant nonetheless, as, in theory, it covers more than half the active Android devices. As TechCrunch reported, users will first have to open the Google Assistant app before they make a request.

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