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Tech & Science Google Assisstant finally works on Pixel C tablets

05:50  11 april  2018
05:50  11 april  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Google confirmed to Engadget that the deployment started today. It's not certain why it took so long for the Pixel C to get Assistant , but it's certainly not the widest audience available. The tablet is relatively old, having launched in 2015.

Despite the Google Pixel tablet was running on the latest Oreo version, it was still left out for reasons unknown. However, the tablet has now finally received the Google Assistant feature, which works the similar way as on other devices.

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Google Assistant has been available on Pixel phones from the get-go and has spread to virtually every device that's even vaguely capable of handling it, but there has been a glaring exception: the Pixel C. Yes, while other Android tablets have had the AI helper for a while, Google's own slate has gone without. That glaring omission might not exist for much longer: Pixel C owners have reported that their devices now have Assistant access. Google Lens isn't accessible (unsurprising when it only just started reaching non-Pixel handsets), but you can use Assistant in landscape where other tablets require portrait mode.

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Pixel C users can now take advantage of Google Assistant on their tablet . Now discontinued, the Pixel C is one of the few Google -made products late to receive new features.

Google has finally taken Google Assistant to the Pixel C tablet . Reports show that not all Google Assistant features have been made available on Google Pixel C . Apart from that, it works the same as it does on supported smartphones.

Google confirmed to Engadget that the deployment started today.

It's not certain why it took so long for the Pixel C to get Assistant, but it's certainly not the widest audience available. The tablet is relatively old, having launched in 2015. And while Google didn't provide sales data during the tablet's two-year sales run, it's safe to say it didn't sell in huge numbers. Google wants to make Assistant as widely available as possible, and that means targeting the largest user bases first.

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You need a Pixel or Nexus to ditch the USB cable in your car.Wireless, smartphone-based in-car interfaces have been slow in coming regardless of which smartphone you use. Apple's CarPlay has supported wireless connections for longer, but it's still not nearly as common as its wired counterpart. Still, this is an important step. Car manufacturers and electronics companies may be more likely to add wireless support knowing that there's a wider variety of compatible handsets.

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