“Meet your Google Assistant,” rolling out to Android Nougat and Marshmallow devices starting today

Google was at MWC 2017 earlier in the week and made an announcement that was among the unexpected, that all Android devices actively running some version of Nougat or Marshmallow would receive the Google Assistant, the tech giant’s new voice technology based on machine learning and AI. The conference continued, and more and more devices were shown off that managed to include the Google Assistant, showcasing its rare to be found abilities and capabilities. Today, Google has begun its roll out that will eventually bring the Google Assistant to approximately one in three Android smartphones on the market.

Google announced earlier in the week that at some point soon, it would detail when smartphones and tablets running Android Nougat and Marshmallow would receive access to the Google Assistant. The tech giant has now come on record to let us know that it has begun this roll out.

Google first uploaded a video to its YouTube service detailing the release of the update. Currently, the Google Assistant is only available in a select few languages, English being one of them. That’s part of the reason why Google announced that it will be making the assistant available first in the U.S. with users having chosen English as their primary language for communication. English speakers in Australia will be next, followed by Canada, the UK and German speakers in Germany. More countries will gain access to the Google Assistant as additional language support it added, which is said to happen over the “coming year.”

The update that will include the Google Assistant is to be administered through Google Play Services, making it far easier to roll out than a usual system update. Drop a comment below or contact us via email letting us know if have the update and if so, on which Android device running Android 6.0+ you’re using.

Watch Google’s YouTube video below.

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Doug Demagistris is the Founder and current Editor In Chief of Droid Turf. He grew up in New York and now attends Bryant University where he is studying marketing and communication. He has been and always will be a Google enthusiast thanks to Android’s customization, flat design and exceptional integration with various Google services. Currently, Doug uses a Pixel 2 XL as his daily driver for its unique design, powerful hardware, exceptional camera, and stock experience. For shorter instances, he’ll glance at his Huawei Watch. And for more productive work, you’ll find him typing away on his Pixelbook. Doug is hopeful his productivity will make lives easier, more meaningful and help down the road.