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Google Assistant coming to tablets and more Android phones, expands to phones running 5.0 Lollipop

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Google Assistant is already available across a number of devices and languages—and now, it’s coming to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow and phones running 5.0 Lollipop. Google Assistant brings a number of features to the table, aiming to maximize the Android experience by adding more features and convenience.

Google Assistant has already been available on a slew of Android devices, but some were still left out of the loop up until now. Google Assistant first hit Android 6.0 Marshmallow and newer Android versions with Google Play Services earlier this year, but handsets running an older version of Android did not get access. With the Assistant now available for Android 5.0 Lollipop smartphones as well, Google is aiming to reach as many smartphone users as possible.

Google Assistant has already started rolling out on Android 5.0 Lollipop in a number of countries, available in both English and Spanish, depending on market. The United States, the UK, Australia, India, Canada, and Singapore are getting the Assistant set to English, while the Spanish version is available in the United States, Spain, and Mexico. Android Lollipop users in Japan, Italy, Germany, Korea, and Brazil, are also getting Google Assistant on those devices.

Once the update rolls out and Google Assistant becomes available, a new app icon for the Assistant will show up in the list of “All apps.” The latest rollout significantly widens the reach of Google Assistant, adding to the already supported devices and languages. With this rollout, Google Assistant will be available on nearly 80 percent of current Android devices.

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