Just a couple of hours after LG unveiled the G6 exclusively with Google Assistant, Google has decided to ruin the Korean company’s party by announcing that it is expanding its AI-powered digital assistant to all Android devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat.
Google Assistant To Be Available On Marshmallow and Nougat Running Android Devices Starting This Week
Google Assistant on the new Pixels is pretty conversational and somewhat smart. Google has so far shown us that we can use the Assistant to quickly look up hotel and flight books, look up on points of interest around us, setting reminders and more. Now, as discovered by a user on Google Plus, you can quickly tell Assistant to share an article you are currently reading to social media.
Time to answer a few questions. Yes, this is Google’s headline Android phone for the year. Yes, it goes under the Pixel brand rather than Nexus. Yes, Google’s marketing department has gone into overdrive trying to create a genuine consumer phone that can more obviously match the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. And yes, as a result it’s arguably at least £200 too expensive here in the UK. And similarly across the world. But is the super speedy and phenomenally well put together Google Pixel XL worth the branding premium?
One of the key selling points of Google’s new Pixel handsets is that they come with the company’s next-generation virtual assistant and successor to Google Now, Google Assistant. While Google has made it abundantly clear that Assistant will not be coming to existing Nexus devices, the developers over at XDA did not particularly take well to this news.