In a blog post on Wednesday, Google announced that its eponymous personal assistant will hit tablets and Android devices running 5.0 Lollipop and newer "in the coming weeks". For those that are regular users of video calling and also have an Android phone as a daily driver this might be the best time to install Google's Phone app. According to Mukha, once users get the update, an Assistant app icon would be displayed in the "All apps list".
The AI helper the same functionality as the version found on newer Android devices, which means you'll be able to bark at your outdated smartphone in order to open apps, get restaurant recommendations or, if you're feeling down, to hear a joke.
Lollipop phone users have already begun to see the update in the USA and other countries if English or Spanish is their default language, and the feature is also rolling out in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. Other regions where the update will also be made available include Brazil, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Japan.
Google Maps Go will be made available exclusively on Android smartphones running Android 4.4 and higher. Android Police reports the app essentially provides a shortcut of a progressive web app of Google Maps. The company's voice search interface exists on phones, watches, TVs, cars, and in standalone smart speakers, but the company has never done a great job of capturing the entire 2 billion-strong Android market.
Google Assistant was initially introduced with the original Pixel smartphones.
Mukha also noted that Assistant will begin rolling out to Android tablets in the United States beginning next week. Google had released the Android Oreo Go edition at an event in New Delhi earlier this month. Google Maps Go app has also been put up for download in the Google Play Store.