In May 2016, Google released its own voice assistant called Google Assistant which becomes tough competition for other voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana and Samsung’s Bixby. Initially, it was available only for Google Pixel smartphones, but later company launched it for all other smartphones and gadgets like Android Wear smartwatches, Google Home, Google’s smart speaker.
When Google Assistant was launched, it supported only Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later versions. But from now onwards, Google said the Google’s Digital Assistant will also work on Android 5.0 Lollipop based Android smartphones and tablets. The update will release in the coming days for all eligible devices in U.S, UK, India, Australia, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Singapore, Italy, Japan, Germany, Braz, l and Korea. The tablet user with the language set to English will get the update in next couple of weeks but for other languages there is no final estimation is confirmed when they will get the update.
Earlier this month, Google also announced the Google Assistant will support for Jio Phone based on KaiOS. Though Jio Phones already has its own voice assistant called Hello Jio. On other hand, Google also released the lite version of Google Assistant (Google Assistant Go) that supports Android Oreo (Go edition). The size of app is smaller than standard Google Assistant also there are lack of some features in lite edition.