After the success of Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, Google has rollout Virtual Assistant for all devices.
Google Assistant is the new virtual assistant developed by the search giant. It was launched by the company to replace Google Now and Now On Tap, and was presented during the announcement event of the new Pixel smartphones. Before Google Assistant was exclusive of the devices of the American company, however, it has now been revealed that the virtual assistant is also reaching other smartphones.
After the virtual assistant has been made available to newly launched Nokia smartphones, Google has now revealed that it will also reach all devices that use Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher and have support for Google Play Services. That means 32% of all devices with Android Marshmallow or Nougat, which are approximately 500 million smartphones.
With Google Assistant, users can perform a number of different functions, such as prompting them to create a reminder, open an application, or even search the browser. Something quite interesting is that this wizard is able to “talk” with users. For example, it is possible to ask about some restaurant nearby and then schedule some table.
As it is a very significant update, it may take a few days to reach all supported smartphones. That being so, we now only have to wait for the update notification from Google.