Google past year introduced the Google Pixel smartphones with top notch specs and features and premium price point. While Google Assistant officially rolled out this week to phones beyond Google's own Pixel, the company says it might take a few weeks to reach your device.
As of yesterday (2 March), Google has been pushing the service to devices with Marshmallow or Nougat, the web colossus confirmed on its blog.
Google Assistant isn't exactly a new feature. The update brings animated emojis, a better GIF search as well as a shortcut to the Google Assistant. Early rumors suggested another high-end phone, and then a more wallet-friendly $399-$449 device for those in the budget market. While this is a welcome move from Microsoft, the one thing that is missing out from this update is the fact that users can not ask Cortana things, similar to how they do it in the Windows Phones.
However, the digital assistant will be released for English users in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as Germany speakers in Germany, in the coming weeks.
With its capability to perform numerous tasks such as taking photos, initiating searches, providing directions, translating input and checking the weather, Google Assistant is far more robust than its predecessor.
Although Google Allo, the mobile messaging network that Google launched last September to compete with other networks like WhatsApp, among others. Those who want one can't get it, until more inventory arrives.
Google has recently updated its Allo app with more interesting ways to converse with your friends and families. When you hit the icon once, Google Assistant will come to life and you can proceed by asking all the questions you have - as usual. "With this update, hundreds of millions of Android users will now be able to try out the Google Assistant", said Hafsteinsson.