Saturday, March 4, 2017

Google Assistant gets ready for Android smartphones

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As an alternative to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant is now being rolled out to Android smartphones operating Marshmallow and Nougat versions of the mobile OS. At Mobile World Congress, the company agreed to bring Google Assistant to many devices and now it has accomplished that agreement.

Offering a conversational user interface, Google Assistant is an upgrade over Google Now, Digit reported. The AI-built was primarily showcased at Google I/O 2016, and was later introduced with the company’s Pixel smartphones. The Assistant was also made available on the Google Home speaker, Google’s Allo messaging app and latest on Android Wear 2.0. Google plans Assistant to boost as many platforms as it can, including Android TVs and set-up boxes.

Google Assistant allows you to speak easily with what you want and access answers. Booking of tickets, having conversations and complete some actions are also take care of when it everything is going great. Otherwise, you may have to prefer regular Google search, Search engine land reported.

Until now, only smartphones with Google Assistant were Google’s own Pixels. But now, the company announced earlier this week that smartphones running Android 6 or Android 7 would also get access to Google Assistant.
Meanwhile, Galaxy S7 Edge and Moto G4 Play smartphones can also get Google Assistant. But it may take few weeks for integration. Specifically because, phones operating with Android 6 evidently need to update with Android 6.13.  Those who are owning Android 7 should have it – but specifically phones shipping with Android 7 are Google’s Pixel and the newly announced LG6.
To explain clearly, Google Assistant isn’t an app to download. It’s part of the Android operating system similar to Siri as part of iOS. If Google makes a decision that you phone can handle Google Assistant, you’ll get it as part of an Android OS update. Otherwise, you can always try Google Assistant with the help of Allo app.
Those who qualify, when you get it, a long hold on your home button or icon launches the Google Assistant. If it asks you, “Hi, how can I help”, you can be sure that Google Assistant is asking you.

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