Google Assistant is coming to Android Lollipop and tablets


That said, Google is also rolling out the Assistant to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Initially announced in May 2016 at the Google I/O, the virtual assistant was launched to compete against the Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. And for Android Lollipop smartphone users, Google is rolling out the update in two languages- English and Spanish. Rather, an icon in users' "All Apps" lists will be present that can bring up the AI bot.

Having Android Oreo work well on both high-end flagships and low-end budget phones is no easy task. Google also notes that it now has more users in India than it does in the United States, so the first devices to take advantage of Android Oreo Go might launch in India.

Google Assistant was first announced at Google I/O a year ago as the search giant's answer to Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana and Amazon's Alexa. Spanish speakers in Spain, Mexico and the U.S. will be supported as well as native language speakers in Japan, Italy, Germany, Brazil and Korea. And it can help out around the house, powering smart devices like plugs and lights and keeping your shopping list. For now, only the Android tablet users in the United States will receive the feature.

One caveat that Google notes is the Assistant will only be coming for users using English in the US.

The users need to hold the home button to trigger the Google Assistant manually, or they can simply say Ok Google. While Android is the largest mobile operating system in the world, its ecosystem is way too much fragmented, with ancient Android iterations such as Jelly Bean and KitKat still running on 5.9% and 13.4% of devices respectively. It will be coming to more languages next year.