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Tech & Science Google Assistant 2.0 Is Coming To Older Android Phones

05:15  11 november  2019
05:15  11 november  2019 Source:   lifehacker.com.au

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A new version of Google Assistant is coming to our smartphones, and it has the potential to change the way we use our devices on a daily basis. A next generation version of the Google Assistant we currently know and love from our Android phones , Google Nest products, or even Android Auto.

Actually, it was that same alpha app that gave us plenty of hints that Assistant would be coming to more Android devices. Plus, we've known for a while However, don't be surprised if you notice that Assistant on your phone is still oddly missing some features that Google Search has had for a while

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Google Assistant has been simultaneously helping and frustrating us for years but with the Pixel 4, it was given a fresh new face. It's sleeker, more efficient and less intrusive design-wise.

While only Pixel 4 users currently have access to Assistant 2.0, older devices are reportedly getting the update too. Here are the details!

What's different about the new Google Assistant?

The main changes that make this Assistant new lie within the design. Instead of taking up a full screen, an overlay appears at the bottom of the screen allowing you to still view your original window.

Pulling up the Assistant gives you a range of options including making a phone call, checking the weather or playing music.

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Now that Google Assistant is coming to all devices running Android Marshmallow or higher, roughly one out of every three Android users will no longer be able to access the old Google Now interface. The Assistant , which was previously exclusive to Pixel devices

Google has announced that it 's previous "Pixel Exclusive" Google Assistant will now be rolling out to more Android phones ! LG had earlier announced that the

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But it has situational awareness. Summoning the Assistant while you're in an app gives you the option to take a screenshot or decipher what's on your screen.

While testing it, it also detected the music playing over the office speakers and gave me the option of looking up what song it is.

I happen to very well-acquainted with TLC's "No Scrubs" but it's a handy feature when I'm fumbling to open up Shazam before a song ends.

Overall, the new Google Assistant isn't perfect but it's definitely an improvement on its creaky, older peer.

What phones are getting the new Google Assistant?

The great thing is, it doesn't look to be just a Pixel 4 exclusive, according to 9to5Google.

Some users have reported the new look Assistant appearing on Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices after updating to a new beta version of the Google app.

With the testing for the compact Assistant beginning in July, as reported by 9to5Google, it seems only a matter of time before more devices get the feature.

Maybe once Android 10 is released to non-Google devices, things will start to filter out of being Pixel exclusives.

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