It is finally official that Google Assistant has started to roll out for all Android devices running Marshmallow or Nougat. Google had earlier confirmed the expansion of Assistant beyond Pixel smartphone during MWC earlier this week but the moment of roll out has arrived now.
It means if you have an Android device running on Marshmallow or Nougat, you will be receiving an update to Google Play Services which will enable Assistant on your device. Do keep in mind that Assistant will not arrive on your device in the form of a separate app or an update to Google app. You need to have the updated Google Play Services for start using Assistant and it’s because the latest Google AI is baked into the OS itself.
Google Assistant will start rolling out first in the United States this week followed by expansion to Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. While all of these countries will receive Assistant in the English language, it will be coming to Germany in the German language.
Once you have received the Google Assistant update on your Android Marshmallow/Nougat device, you will be able to trigger it by either holding the home button or by simply saying, “Ok Google” like you currently do with Google Now. This will take you through the process of setting up Assistant. In case you have not received it yet but want to get an idea of what it looks like to use Assistant, you can install Google Allo app on your smartphone right now.