Google has officially started rolling out Google Assistant to more Android devices running Marshmallow and Nougat earlier this month. The voice assistant feature which was once exclusive to the Google Pixel and Pixel XL will arrive through an update to Google Play Services. So if you see one pop up in your handset, you’ll know you’re getting Assistant.
Google Assistant Release: Manual Installation
However, if you want to skip the waiting part, you may go to the source link and install the latest Google Play Services APK. To do that, you need to follow these instructions, according to Phone Arena:
- Get the latest Google Play Services APK and download it on your device.
- Find the APK you’ve downloaded, then copy it to your device’s internal or external storage.
- Open Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and enable the option that allows 3rd-party application installation.
- Find where you saved the Google Play Services APK on your device, and open up the installation screen.
- Install and the update will start.
- Once the update is done, Google Assistant should be ready to go.
Note, though, that the manual installation is not encouraged. If you have no experience of installing or sideloading an application, we advise waiting for the official update’s arrival.
In case your handset has already received the Google Play Services update and you still cannot install Google Assistant, this means Google has not yet released the new version of the feature in your area. In this case, you will have to wait for the official update to reach your device via over the air (OTA).
You don’t need to worry, though, if you don’t see one yet. According to Google’s earlier press release, English users in the US will be the first to receive the update followed by Australia, Canada, and the UK, then the German speakers in Germany. Whatever method you use in installing Google Assistant, it should work by long pressing the home button just like how you activate Google Now.
Google Assistant Release: Android’s New VA
Google Assistant enables users to talk to phones in a conversational way. It provides answers to questions about the various topics like weather, flight information, and appointments. The assistant can even control the device, putting it head-to-head with Amazon’s Alexa.
— Google (@Google) March 5, 2017
iOS users will also have the chance to use the tech giant’s VA. While the company has not yet confirmed it, Gummi Hafsteinsson, Google’s product management director, hinted at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) last week that they are planning to integrate the new feature in iPhones. He shared that they want Assistant to become “available to as many people as possible.”
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