Today Google announced that the Google Assistant, previously exclusive to the Pixel, will now make its way onto all Android devices running Marshmallow or Nougat. It was bound to happen.
Here’s the exact statement from Google:
“Everyone needs a helping hand sometimes. Enter the Google Assistant, which is conversational, personal and helps you get things done—from telling you about your day to taking a selfie. The Assistant is already available on Pixel, Google Home, Google Allo and Android Wear. Now we’re bringing it to even more people. Starting this week, the Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow.”
According to Google, the Assistant “will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany.”
The Assistant will automatically come to your Marshmallow or Nougat phone by means of Google Play Services. Whether it’ll be a completely separate APK update or a server-side switch is unknown.
So, as of now, Assistant is/will be available on Android, Android Wear, Android TV, Google Home, and Google Allo. Neat. Now bring it to Android Auto, Google.