After an exclusive device launch last year on the Google Pixel, the Google Assistant has recently been enabled for Android smartphones powered by Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later. We’ve also seen the Google Assistant available via the Android Wear 2.0 platform and Allo messaging app, but today, Google squashed any hope that we would be seeing the Assistant running on a tablet soon.
Google told the Android Police that “the Google Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets.” The tech giant was unwilling to comment further as to if the Google Assistant would be arriving on tablets at some point in the future, so for the time being it’s best to assume that it won’t be any time soon.
The Google Assistant is ultimately expected to arrive on approximately one-third of Android smartphones in service around the world. It has already been introduced to American devices over the last few weeks and is due to reach other countries in the coming months. The assistant is enabled via an update to Google Play Services and when it arrives on an eligible device, it lets the user know by helpfully introducing itself.
It is possible that once most eligible smartphones have received the update, Google will enable the technology for other classes of Android-powered devices, including tablets and laptops. Alternatively, it is possible that the tablet platform will not officially be receiving the Google Assistant, which would be frustrating for avid Android tablet users. Whilst we have not seen a new tablet device from Google since the Pixel C from late 2015, we’ve seen several manufacturers release new tablets such as Lenovo and Samsung. Perhaps Google has really fallen out of love with Android tablets.
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SOURCE [Android Police]