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

05:11  11 november  2019
05:11  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.

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

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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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On May 15, 2017, Android Police reported that the Google Assistant would be coming to the iOS operating system as a separate app.[19] The information was confirmed two days later at Google 's developer conference.[20] " Google Assistant is coming to older Android phones and tablets".

The Google Assistant has long been available on most modern phones and tablets. But given the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem, many older devices will never get the newer versions of Android that actually feature built-in support for the Assistant .

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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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