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Google Assistant Comes to Old Phones and New Tablets

Dave Parrack 15-12-2017

Google is bringing Google Assistant to even more smartphones, and, for the first time, tablets too. This means that even if you own an older Android handset or budget Android handset you should still be able to start using Google Assistant. Unfortunately, it’s only coming to newer tablets.


Assistant was initially only available on the Google Pixel. Then, Google rolled it out to handsets running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or Android 7.0 (Nougat). Now, Google Assistant is coming to smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop), and tablets running Marshmallow or Nougat.

Stuck Using an Old Version of Android

In February 2017, Google rolled Assistant out to Android handsets Google Assistant Is Coming to More Smartphones Google is beginning to roll Google Assistant out to more smartphones. Unfortunately, the majority of Android handsets are not included in this initial rollout thanks to fragmentation. Read More running Marshmallow or Nougat. And while it was satisfying to see Assistant reaching more users, almost 50 percent of Android users are still using an older version of Android. Which means no Google Assistant.

Now, however, Google is bringing Assistant to Android handsets running Lollipop. And given the current levels of Android fragmentation, that might well include you. You can check what version of Android your device is running by clicking Settings > About > Software Information.

As explained on The Keyword, Assistant will be rolling out to “users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea.”

Android tablet owners haven’t been forgotten either, with Assistant coming to tablets running Nougat and Marshmallow. Unfortunately, this is currently limited to “users with the language set to English in the U.S.” And there’s no word yet on if or when other countries will be added.


Assistant Is Always There to Help

Google Assistant is a thing of beauty. Once you learn its many and varied capabilities 10 Things You Didn't Know Google Assistant Could Do Android's version of Siri---Google Assistant---is more powerful than most people realize. Read More it can aid you in many facets of your life. Which is why it’s so satisfying to see Google bringing Assistant to older phones and newer tablets. Now, if only Google could fix Android’s fragmentation problem.

What version of Android is your smartphone or tablet currently running? Have you already got access to Google Assistant? Or will this be your first shot at using Assistant? What do you think of Google Assistant and its capabilities? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Srikanth
    December 20, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Good Stuff

  2. Myron Kuziak
    December 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Where can I get information about which new smartphones support the Camera2 API and also will work with Adobe's Lightroom Mobile and Pro shot? I also note here that while Adobe's Mobile app does a great job with editing a RAW or DNG image, it ain't so hot with actually managing camera settings on a mobile phone. I would download Pro Shot and Lightroom Mobile, myself. Not many sites or users out there in the ether have described the whole process as well as this article. Kudos to the authors and publisher. Pop me a response at

  3. Zach L.
    December 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Hey. How do smartphones with Android 5.0.2 get Google Assistant?
    I even installed the Google Assistant Launcher, but it said "No Google Assistant".
    What's the difference between Google app and Google Assistant?

  4. Topher S
    December 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    My 2013 Nexus 7 tablet received Assistant yesterday. There seems to be some issues between Assistant and the microphone, but hopefully that will be resolved soon.

    • Rohan Ghosh
      December 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Which country. And how did you get the assistant and what are the procedures?

      • Topher S
        December 17, 2017 at 4:16 am

        In the US. Honestly, I didn't do anything. An assistant setup screen suddenly popped up while I was browsing on my tablet. Apparently it was a background update. I'm enrolled in Google beta, so maybe that or simply the fact it's a Nexus had something to do with it.