Google Assistant is a personal artificial intelligence companion from Google. It officially launched alongside the Google Pixel phone last year. Its much touted user support features have been praised over the competition having likes of Apple Siri, Amazon Alex and Microsoft Cortona. Android (non Pixel) users have been asking for Google Assistant since long and Google has been procrastinating the same.
Google Assistant, however, has been available on Google Home, Android Wear 2.0 Google Allo, NVIDIA Shield TV. We recently did and article on how to get a feel of Google Assistant on your Android based phone here. However that was limited to short span of features offered by the Assistant.
The artificial intelligence based personal assistant from Google will be coming to all Android phones having Android 6 Marshmallow or above. This was announce at MWC 2017 (Mobile World Congress). In the first phase, it will be rolled out for English users in US, UK, Australia and Canada.
The Android OS users in the mentioned countries will be instantly able to use Google Assistant as it will be integrated within the Google App. Hence users will not have to depend on their phone manufacturers to roll out system updates to accommodate the Assistant. Phone manufacturers usually take ages to bring software upgrades.
As the year progresses, the roll out will include more countries as well as languages. The newer phones like Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 will have Google Assistant in-built out of the box.