Initially launched exclusively on the Google Pixel smartphones, Google Assistant is now rolling out to a much larger pool of devices. It is a move that will see Google significantly increase the market share of its AI technologies, as it battles competitors such as Amazon’s Alexa.
Although it has not been specified exactly which products will be able to use Google Assistant, the digital helper will be made available to a number of devices running either Android 6.0 Marshmallow or Android 7.0 Nougat.
The Google Assistant roll-out applies for German-speaking users in Germany, as well as English speakers in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and United States. First to receive the update will be those in the US.
Availability will broaden throughout 2017, as Google has promised to add support for more languages.
Users do not need to take any action – if Google Assistant is available it will appear via an automatic update to Google Play Services.