Google Assistant for Android 5.0 Lollipop Smartphones and Android Tablets Coming Soon

Posted December 14, 2017

The search engine giant has chose to further expand the Assistant's reach and it will now also be available for phones and tablets running Android Lollipop and above.

Also, you must have the latest version of Google Play services and Google app installed on your device along with the English (US) language setting to get Assistant quick. In addition, the AI will hit smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop as well.

Android 8.0 Oreo is now available on only 0.3% Android phones, while iOS 11, which was launched in September is present in over 50% of iOS devices. This should also prove helpful to Google as they will be able to access more information from users to improve the AI on the Google Assistant.

The AI has already started rolling out to supported smartphones in English language to the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore. Moreover, in the U.S., Mexico and Spain Spanish language users will also get the Assistant.

Google might have made this move looking at the Android Lollipop distribution numbers.

The Google Assistant will be rolled out to Android tablets, however, not all Android tablets will get the Assistant. For instance, a user can ask Google Assistant to open "vacation pictures from July" and it will show the relevant results. Now, the search giant is tapping on Android tablet users and those handsets that are running older versions of the OS.

So make sure all your Google apps are updates and let us know once you receive the Google Assistant on your Lollipop smartphone. Well, that changes today, as Google has announced that Assistant will be rolled out to Android tablets soon. The voice assistant was introduced in May 2016 at Google's developer conference along with the Google Allo app and Google home smart speaker.

For instance, users can invoke Google Assistant feature just by saying "OK Google" and ask for direction to a destination, hail an Uber/Ola cab on the go, search nearby restaurant, set reminder/alarms and do other stuff in different contexts and situations seamlessly by just speaking to it.