Google Assistant Receives 'Hey Google' Phrase Support; Rolling Out to Every Smartphone

Those who aren’t getting the bump to Android Oreo still get Google Assistant

Log into Google Maps on Android smartphone, enter destination, select directions for transit and tap on the route you want to take to use the new feature.

Google surprised owners of a number of older Android smartphones and tablets with the sudden release of Google Assistant for their mobile devices.

In a bid to make its virtual personal assistant available on more Android devices, Google on Thursday announced Google Assistant will now be available on supported phones running older Android 5.0 Lollipop Operating System (OS).

Lollipop launched back in November 2014, before being succeeded by 6.0 Marshmallow in October 2015.

It's also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.

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This OS is a toned down version of the latest Android Oreo OS which is now present in high-end devices.

Transit - a public transit app and mapping service based in Canada has a "Go" feature that takes the user through every step of a bus or subway ride. You can alternatively download the Google App from apkmirror.

In its blog post, the U.S. company writes: "With the Assistant on tablets, you can you can get help throughout your day - set reminders, add to your shopping list (and see that same list on your phone later), control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more".

Google also confirmed that the Google Assistant will be available in a couple of languages, such as English for all the mentioned countries and Spanish in Spain and Mexico. Along with displaying the travel progress without needing to return to the Maps app, a notification will pop up as users approach their next stop, telling them it's time to get off and transfer.

"The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S.".

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