Soon, Google Assistant to feature on older Android phones in India

Soon, Google Assistant to feature on older Android phones in India

Lindsey Duncan
December 15, 2017

Google is bringing Google Assistant to more Android smartphones and tablets in a bid to expand its reach as it competes with the likes of Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa.

This might sound like a bit of a non-story, but more than 26 per cent of all Android devices are still running some version of Google's ageing Android 5.0 Lollipop software.

Storyboard is arguably the most interesting of Google's new apps and allows you to convert your videos into comic book-style layouts. Once you get the Google Assistant update and opt-in, you should see the Assistant app icon in the "All apps" list.

He continued, "The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out [to] users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain".

"Google Assistant also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea". Fast forward till the end of 2017, and we have Google Assistant running on numerous Android devices, but only limited to the more current handsets and flagships.

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Not only this, Assistant is also coming to older Android version as well.

Google has launched a trio of new photo apps aimed at enhancing videos and selfies, the company has announced.

It's been about seven days since Google declared the dispatch of Android Go - a pared-down rendition of Android 8.1 Oreo, meant to keep running on low end gadgets packing between 1GB and 512MB of RAM.

The app description on Play Store states, "Google Maps Go, the lighter version of the original Google Maps app". Some of these apps like, Files Go and Google Go recently became available to users on the Play Store. Earlier this month, the search giant launched Android Oreo Go, an Android version tailored for the low-priced smartphones. Besides devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM will be able to run the OS. However, the app will only be compatible with the Go phones, which are still months away from the release.