The Amazingly handy Google Assistant, which appeared on Siri, Cortana and Alexa has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. However due to the nature of the Android ecosystem, a lot of older devices will certainly have the newer versions of Android that actually feature built-in support for the Assistant absent. Fortunately, Google is bringing support for its voice-activated helper to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow.
If you you are a proud owner of one of the older Lollipop phones, you should expect an update relatively soon. It’ll only be available to users who set their language to English in the U.S., U.K., India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as to those who have set their default language to Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Google says it will also roll out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.
Due to the fact that the Assistant on these older devices isn’t bundled with the launcher, though, you’ll have to launch the Google Assistant app before you can ask your phone for directions, the weather, recipes or anything else which you so desire.
As for Marshmallow and Nougat tablet users, they’ll get the update over the course of the coming week, as long as they are in the U.S. and have set their language to English.