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Monday, February 27, 2017

Google Assistant Comes to Android Phones

The battle of the assistants extends.  Google Assistant to come to Android phones and then beyond.  In Computerworld: 

Rebecca Linke: OK Google, when will my phone get Google Assistant?
Google is bringing Assistant to more Android phones starting this week. Will your device be one of them?   For many Android users, very soon. Google will start rolling out its virtual assistant as early as this week for some people -- but the update isn't coming to everyone. So will you be one of the lucky ones? ... 

Starting this week, Google is bringing Google Assistant to all Android phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow...it [will] arrive automatically on your phone through the latest Google Play Services update. The rollout may take some time, but many of you are about to gain access to Google Assistant very soon. ... 

Great! Remind us exactly what Google Assistant is again? Aloysius Low has the details:

Google Assistant lets you talk to your phone in a conversational way, providing answers to questions about the weather, flight information and appointments. The assistant can even control your smart home...Besides smartphones, Assistant is already available on the Google Home smart speaker, Android Wear 2.0 devices, and will soon come to TVs and cars. ... " 

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