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Google Assistant rolling out to Nougat and Marshmallow phones (Update #2: for real this time)
Update #3 (3/9): Here's Google's official blog post on the rollout, which is happening this week as planned.
Update #2 (3/8): A few days ago, Google announced that the Assistant would begin rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat phones sometime this week, and it looks like it's finally happening. For real this time.
We're hearing more and more reports from users who have been receiving the Assistant on their devices over the past 12 hours or so, so it looks like Google has finally started issuing the full rollout. Just remember, this is a server-side update, so your phone should automatically receive the update. To check if you have Google Assistant or not, just long-press your home button.
The update will be rolling out via Google Play Services, so your phone should get it automatically. And remember, the Assistant is only launching for English users in the United States, but more languages and regions will follow in the coming weeks and months.
Have you received Assistant on your phone? If so, be sure to speak up in the comments!
If you happen to have a phone powered by Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 6.0 Marshmallow (and have Google Play Services installed), you’ll get the update sometime in the following week. And since the update is coming via Google Play Services, there’s no need to wait for a slow OTA rollout; Google will simply push it out to your device once it’s ready.
The Assistant is rolling out soon to English users in the United States, followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, and German speakers in Germany. Of course, Google will add more languages over the coming year.
In case you missed it, the new LG G6 has just launched with Google Assistant on board. We just went hands-on with the device here at MWC 2017, and you can check out all the announcement details here. Oh, and if you happen to be at MWC this year, try stopping by the Android Global Village; Google has Assistant running on a number of different devices from companies like HTC, Samsung, HUAWEI and Sony.
I’ve certainly been jealous of all my Pixel-owning friends who get to use Assistant on a daily basis, so I’m extremely excited to see Assistant roll out to other Android devices.