Google finally gives more Android phones their own Assistant

Enlarge  The Google Assistant on the LG G6

The new Google Maps Go application will be accessible only for Android telephones - running Android 4.1 or higher - with a RAM limit of 1GB or lower.

Google has ensured its new Assistant program is able to run on a wider choice of devices now that the minimum OS requirement for the device has been reduced to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google stated at the Google for India event that the main aim of developing Go versions is to help new smartphone users who connect to the Internet. According to Google's own data, only 0.5% of active Android devices are running the most recent version of Android called Oreo. Assistant fires up when you use the "Google Now" hot word. But, phones with Lollipop and all the tablets were deprived of the wonderful Google Assistant which comes in handy many times.

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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". Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Korea are few other countries getting Assistant on phones running Android Lollipop. However, it'll be available in the "coming weeks" only on English tablets in the U.S., but it's a start.

Key to the low effect of the application is that it's not by any stretch of the imagination an application by any means - the application icon is a connection to a Progressive Web App (PWA) rendition of Google Maps. However, the app will only be compatible with the Go phones, which are still months away from the release. Apart from smartphones, tablets, and smart speakers, Google Assistant support has been added to Pixel Buds wireless headphones, Android TVs, and Pixel Notebook. Android Oreo Go edition has been launched especially for the Indian market in a bid to get millions of first-time smartphone users to experience Android on affordable smartphones.

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