Forget Android Oreo upgrade, Google upgraded your phone with THIS awesome feature

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 16, 2017

While Assistant is being approached as the future of Google's consumer-facing AI, it's now still restricted to a handful of devices.

Google Maps Go App for Android Play Store is now accessible to download on Android Google Play Store. Assistant's already broadly available on phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher. This is for the Android version of the app.

The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out in to users with the language set to English in the UK, United States, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain. We're assuming it is for Android Go but being in the app store means you can try it. Launching the Assistant will open the initial setup flow, after which you'll be able to access all the AI's features from its conversational interface.

The update brings the impressive AI assistant that powers the Pixel and Google Home, Google Assistant, to the devices. The most widely used version at 29.7% is Android Marshmallow... which was released more than two years ago in October 2015. Getting consumers familiarised with Assistant on their mobile device will be the first step towards locking them into the full Google AI ecosystem.

Google has this morning confirmed a report from earlier this week, that Google Maps would begin notifying public transit users of their next stop - but only on Android for now. "So now the question is... what will you ask your Assistant first?"

"Google Assistant also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea".

"The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the United States". Log into Google Maps on Android smartphone, enter destination, select directions for transit and tap on the route you want to take to use the new feature.

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