Google has announced that it’s bringing the Google Assistant to more Android phones starting this week. All phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and 7.0 Nougat will be getting an OTA update via Google Play Services in the coming weeks.
Google Assistant was only available on Google’s own phone, the Pixel, and has been rumored to be on LG’s upcoming G6. But LG’s claim to have the first non-Pixel phone with the assistant is apparently going to be very short-lived.
Now, Google’s Assistant is an improvement on the previous voice search features on Android, in that it’s able to do a bit more and control your smart home devices. Google calls it a “conversational” interface, but that conversation isn’t so much more immersive than the old way that it will change your digital life.
Android phone running Marshmallow and Nougat will get the update, and Google specifies it’s coming to “eligible devices.” On the other hand it also says, “With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant