Google Assistant Lands on Older Android Devices

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Mobile with 3 Comments

Google is bringing Assistant to more Android devices today. Assistant already ships with most of the new Android 8.0 phones, along with phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

But with today’s rollout, Google is bringing Assistant to Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. The personal assistant has been available for phones running Android 6.0 and 7.0 for almost a year now, but tablets running 7.0 and 6.0 will be receiving Assistant starting today. In addition to tablets, Google is bringing Assistant to Android phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop to users in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

Google bringing Assistant to Android 5.0 at this point might be a surprise to some, but the motive behind the company’s latest move is obvious. Even though Android 5.0 was released 3 years ago back in 2014, a substantial amount of Android devices are still running the outdated version of the operating system, mostly because of Android fragmentation.

According to Google’s own data, 6.1% of all Android devices are still on Android 5.0, while a whopping 20.2% are using the newer Android 5.1. Android 6.0, on the other hand, is the most used version of Android right now, powering nearly 30% of all Android devices as of December 2017.

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Comments (3)

3 responses to “Google Assistant Lands on Older Android Devices”

  1. arknu

    And still only available in a few countries... Americans really need to start noticing the rest of the world. And to think that Microsoft is much, much worse than Google at this.

  2. david.thunderbird

    Even w10 will run on a Vista machine but Googles stuff won't run on 3 year old devices, makes me want to run right out buy Google anything.

    • Waethorn

      In reply to david.thunderbird:

      WRONG! I had a Gateway Core i3 Sandy Bridge in my store just two days ago which fails to boot a clean install of Windows 10 FcU. Also, Windows 8.0 tablets (the Clover Trail Atoms) are 100% incompatible with Windows 10.