When it comes to operating systems, Google’s Android is definitely one of the best ones in the world. However, its major disadvantage is the fact that it takes some time until an update reaches all users. That is why, despite the fact that Android Oreo was released back in August, there are numerous phone and tablet owners who still have to use older versions.
Users who continue to use older Android versions can’t really except any new additions so that is why it was surprising to hear the latest news. Google announced that the Google Assistant service will become available for some older versions as well. All tablets that use Android Marshmallow or Android Nougat and all phone who have Android Lollipop will have access to Assistant.
This announcement means that the Google Assistant will officially be available for more than 50 percent of Android users from all over the world, which is a major improvement. “Earlier this year we first brought the Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher with Google Play Services,” Google Assistant program manager Maksim Mukha wrote in a post on Google’s Assistant blog. “Today, we’re adding Android 5.0 Lollipop to the mix, so even more users can get help from the Google Assistant.”
Google Assistant was announced back in 2016 by Google and it was released on Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL phones. Afterwards, Google Assistant came to Google Home and soon Android Wear 2.0 and other Nougat phones followed. Pixel Buds also use Google Assistant and the assistant was also opened to some third-party hardware.
The update is already out in some regions. “The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out [to] users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea. Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Assistant app icon in your ‘All apps’ list.”