Google Assistant starts rolling out to compatible Android smartphones

Google promised us that it would be bringing its voice assistant, Google Assistant, to every one of us not lucky enough to own one of its pricey smartphones or LG’s latest premium device, the G6.

Of course, there was going to be a catch. Assistant would only arrive on devices that run the two most recent versions of Android: Marshmallow and Nougat. In addition, only users in a handful of countries were going to get it.

That day has come. That’s the good news. The bad news? You’ll need to wait a little longer to be able to somehow go against Google’s location restrictions and get it working whether you’re in Kenya or anywhere in the world. Unless Assistant, fully aware of its surroundings (it is powered by Artificial Intelligence after all and is super smart), decides not to give in to our truancy.

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Emmanuel Chenze

Let's just say I know my stuff. I have 7 years experience handling, tinkering with and then writing extensively about Android stuff. Sometimes it is exciting, sometimes it is not; things can get stale with nothing new to show but I live for each one of those moments. Have something Android-related that you believe I need to have a look at? Hit me up: echenze@androidkenya.com