If You Have An Older Android Phone, Google Just Threw You A Bone

This February Google finally brought the Google Assistant from the Pixel and Google Home to other Android devices, but they were newer products such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10. Older phone owners were stuck with upgrading or going Assistant-less. That changes now. The company announced on Wednesday that Google Assistant is now coming to some older devices.

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In a blog post, Google announced that it will come to tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow... should you actually own and Android tablet. The bigger news is it will be available for 5.0 Lollipop phones as well. Android 5.0 Lollipop, which launched way back in 2014, is currently run on nearly 26 per cent of Android devices.

Yet if you hoped this means your old Nexus 6 will be just as good as a new Pixel 2, you'd be wrong. As TechCrunch reported, users will first have to open the Google Assistant app before they make a request.

It's great that Google is retroactively making its assistant available to its users that don't have the latest devices. But it neglects to serve the approximately 20 per cent of devices running on operating systems preceding Lollipop. The update also doesn't include India, the second-largest smartphone market in the world, where users are more likely to purchase more inexpensive devices with older versions of Android on board.



    As someone who was just forced to upgrade to a Pixel 2 XL after my (only two years old) Nexus 5X became unusably slow after having assistant installed, I have a hard time seeing this as good news. All that will happen is more people will have their phones made even slower and make them more inclined to upgrade. A win for Google, I guess.

    Or we could just keep using our gear like we already have for the last three years and raise an eyebrow in bemusement at an unnecessary feature.


    pulling out my Note4 as i read this! she lives again!

      and it can't be downloaded onto Note 4 :-(

    I just got a Chance to look for new top of the range phone after 7 years using the Asian brand hewai or something, but it’s really good phone handle my thrashing , absolutely smashing it throw it around and all every position you can think of I drop it like a peace of shite, but being a Viet have to keep it till it’s missing or broken well now finally stuffed.so thanks for that

    This is absolute bullshit, i don't want anymore bloat software on my phone. I use my phone for music and calls only. All this other crap fills up storage and serves no use and can't even be uninstalled also constantly updating using more space and data.

    Would much rather see greater efforts being made to make manufacturers support older devices for longer rather than introduce such a limited feature on older. It seems that most flagships phones get supported for maybe two years before they longer receive updates leaving users vulnerable to security issues.

    I have a samsung galaxy prime with android 5.1.1 lollipop. It is Dec. 23, 2017 and still no google assistant. Is set to us English. So where is it,

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