Google has inadvertently rolled out the Google Assistant virtual assistant app to a number of older Android handsets, just days after rumours emerged that the service was heading to the latest crop of phones made by its key partners.
The Nexus 6P and Samsung Galaxy S5 are said to have received an ‘alpha’ testing version of the application.
Officially, Google Assistant, the company’s rival to the iPhone’s Siri voice-activated digital assistant, is only available on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
And although this new version is buggy and likely to be pulled by Google, it does point the way to the service becoming more widely accessible.
Just two weeks ago it was claimed that the new LG G6 would come with Google Assistant, while rumours persist that the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P would also be getting on board.
Assistant allows users to hold conversations with their phone, as well as make restaurant reservations, set reminders and summon help with getting from A to B.