Google's digital assistant comes to new Android phones

Google Assistant will roll out this week to English speakers in the United States with phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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In a step further to expand the reach of its digital assistant, Google on Sunday announced that it will bring its digital assistant to smartphones running the latest versions of its Android operating system.

Google's digital assistant was limited to the company's own products earlier when it was released last year and has now expanded its use to a broader range of devices.



According to a report of tech research firm DC, smartphones running Android accounted for 85 per cent of the global market last year compared to 15 per cent for Apple Inc’s iOS.

The company further said that the Google Assistant will roll out this week to English speakers in the United States with phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. English speakers in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom will gain access to the assistant next, followed by German speakers in Germany, and the company is working on support for additional languages.

Apple's Siri had introduced voice-powered digital assistants, which have been a customer novelty since Siri's introduction in 2011. The industry experts believe that this novelty would soon become one of the main ways users interact with devices, as Apple, Google and Amazon.com Inc are racing to present their assistants to as many people as possible.

“Our goal is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it,” Gummi Hafsteinsson, product lead for the Google Assistant, wrote in a blog post published on Sunday. “With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant.”



Google cannot trust that its assistant will be the default on all devices in the Android ecosystem. Leading manufacturer Samsung Electronics has announced plans for an assistant, and other companies are reportedly working on the technology.

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