Saturday, March 4, 2017

Google Assistant comes on Marshmallow and Nougat

As he had been promised last week at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, Google Assistant is finally rolling out to all devices updated to Android 6 marshmallow or Android 7 nougat with a version of Google Play Services equal to 10.2.98 or higher. Google announced through a video on YouTube that deployment of Google Assistant on Android devices compatible begins. The roll-out will begin from the United States, and to follow is Australia, Canada, UK and Germany.

The new Google voice assistant is no longer exclusive to Google Pixel and Pixel XL and lands on all updated Android devices. The official roll-out at the time it was started only in the US but will soon begin in Europe. However, if you meet the above requirements you might give it a try and install the Google Play Services apk. In fact there are no applications to download or any complicated operations. The operating system will upgrade services through Google Play Store.

The new Google Assistant can be launched, as was the case for Google Now, by the long press of the Home button or by voice command Ok Google. Once activated, you can interact with the Google server in a much improved way compared to the past. The news was also highlighted through the official Twitter account of Google.

Redmond is staking everything on Google Assistant as they believe the way to go for the future is that of artificial intelligence. The competition is fierce and in fact, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana and Siri, are not certain to watch and therefore big G cannot remain with arms folded. Google Assistant will be available in the future on the smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0, as well as on Google Home, Android Auto and Android TV.

If you want to install the new voice assistant on your device, the procedure is simple. First of all you'll have to check the version of Google Play Services installed on your device. Then, after checking the version you will have to assess whether to upgrade or not. Needless to say if Play Services is already updated to version 10.2.98 you will not need to update.

Once Play Services is updated you just installed or, if you had previously installed, start at Google. Google Assistant should already be installed and ready to use, and you can thus begin interacting with the AI. Currently Assistant is available in English only but the roll-out in different languages is very close.

Google Assistant received a strong consensus by users and it is right that the virtual assistant can be used by everyone. For this it will also lead to other operating systems, in this case iOS, allowing the entire platform to also excel on the iPhone and iPad. We know well how the battle between Google and Siri Assistant is getting stronger and how the two company have gone down this road ready to accommodate users with special features.

The arrival of Google on iOS could be dangerous for Apple that will therefore have to work even harder in order to counter the Mountain View company's leadership in this field.