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Google Assistant heading to all modern Android phones


Google Assistant, the voice-activated virtual assistant tool first launched last year on the company’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, is heading to most modern Android phones.

Announcing its plans at Mobile World Congress, Google said that handsets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat will be getting a software update that includes the app soon.

US users are receiving it first, with those of us in the UK set to follow imminently.

The news comes after LG’s new G6 became the first non–Google–branded phone to get Assistant.

Assistant allows users to ask questions and get answers from their smartphones, simply by saying 'OK Google' once they’ve held down their device’s home button.

It means you can set reminders for events, get information buried deep in your Gmail account and even control your heating or lighting if you’ve got them hooked up to your Wi–Fi network at home.

Google says Android owners won’t need to do anything in order to install the update.

Instead, it will rollout automatically as long as a phone has Google Play Services on board.

That means the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5 will all play nice with the Siri–alike service.



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