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Google Assistant for every phone was the best move Google will make in 2022

Yep. Google Assistant is going to be available for any phone with Android 6 or later. And it won't require a system update, which is one of the smartest moves Google has ever made.

Why? Because Samsung was never going to build it into the Galaxy S8 or any other phone it sells. Now the decision was taken out of Samsung's hands and left up to you to opt in if you want Google Assistant.

300 million Galaxy phones shipped in 2016 and most will be running Marshmallow or better.

Of course, it should be our decision because we're the ones paying way too much for phones. It's nice to sit back and think Google worked to allow Assistant to work through Play Services for everyone because it loves us and want us to have control over what's on our phones, but that's probably not why it did it. The 300 million phones Samsung shipped in 2016 (how staggering is that?) is why it did it. Without Samsung phones supporting it, Assistant would have quickly faded away.

I'm not saying that having Assistant on all those Galaxy phones means it will be a success. Just that it could never be without them. Assistant depends on user data even more than Google Now did and in a lot of different ways.

Assistant can do all those Google Now things like telling you about the weather or an upcoming flight. It's tied very tightly to your Google Account. You'll understand this when you read the agreement and accept the terms the first time you use it. (Please read it. Read them all.) But it also gets smarter with more user data of a less personal nature.

Little things that seem unimportant — how many of us are interested in a particular movie or what time of day we tend to buy gas — are a gold mine of data for a truly smart computer. For Google, too, because the companies producing movies and selling gas are interested in working with the advertiser who knows these things. Assistant may seem like an altruistic offering from Google to mankind, but it's a money-making opportunity first.

When the Pixel launched with Assistant, smart people in the industry said it would have to come to every phone soon. Because it needs data to survive, keeping it for Google's own phones or even Android TV means it would never grow. Getting it to work without a system update on those 300 million Galaxy phones means it can grow faster and better. This is a really big deal.

Samsung has its own assistant to work on and can't be taking time to work on Google's.

We don't think there is a Hatfield-McCoy thing going on between Google and Samsung. Neither would be where they are today without the other, and both know it. But there has to be some healthy competition, where Samsung's first order of business is to do what's best for its own bottom line and Google doing the same. If Google Assistant required Samsung to take the time to integrate it into its operating system it wouldn't happen. If anything Samsung would work to integrate its own assistant instead. It might be doing that, too. Google had to do the work itself on this one.

Corporate profits and strategy aside, having Assistant on all those Samsung phones as well as others is what is best for us. We get to choose what we want to use and for everyone using it, a bigger data pool makes it get better and better. That's what really matters here, and even if it's just a side effect from Google's plans to continue the domination of mobile and expand it into other areas we still benefit.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

227 Comments
  • Any body get google assistant on an s7 edge yet?
  • Nope
  • It's not on my s6 edge plus either. I don't really care.
  • Obviously, that's why u have a s6. Edge so fancy.... Shiny. See some people use voice as is increases there productivity and it will become bigger and bigger as it's more normalized and natural to poeple. Samsung's current offering is terrible and will put ppl off using voice command. So don't judge too soon. I have a pixel and use my voice commands all day long and now does my girlfriend. OK Google :)
  • Boy, that was a snotty reply. How old are you and your girlfriend? 12? The S6 has Google Now and it's voice capabilities, not just Samsung's offering. Grow up.
  • Yes, seems like he's 15
  • Captain ********! Here to save the day!
  • Not yet
  • Not here either
  • Not here either. On Verizon is that makes a difference.
  • Carrier makes no difference. This is a Google Play Services update. My phone has yet to receive it as well.
  • Nope. S7 edge with nougat here. Nothing....
  • Nothing here on my S7e
  • I don't have it on my s6 edge and i have marshmallow. Google said it started rolling out the update on March 2. I think it should not take this long to release an update
  • I just read this article http://flip.it/W5aXPo
    saying that it may take weeks to get it and that you must have Android version 6.1.3 or 7. I have an AT&T Galaxy S6 Edge + and my version is only 6.0.1, so I guess I won't be getting it, because I highly doubt AT&T is going to be updating my phone again until it goes to 7.0
  • Wrong Information about not getting the update because you are running 6.0.1 on your Galaxy S6 Edge.
    it's rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services.
    Source https://blog.google/products/assistant/meet-your-googleassistant/
  • Yeah I don't think the person who wrote that article had the facts right.
  • So far, this appears to be a REALLY MESSED UP rollout.
    I want Google Assistant.
    I don't know whether to believe the Google Blog (I'll get the update), or "the press"(I won't get the update and neither will most people). I'm hoping Google's info is correct. Google needs to be a lot more clear (and emphatic if the press has it wrong) about setting expectations about what OS levels will be eligible and WHEN this will happen. AND, the whole "Google Play Services" nonsense. You can't find it in the play store at all (other with GOOGLE SEARCH from a browser or something?). Tying Google Assistant to a thing that is nothing like any other update is annoying and confusing. I HOPE that's a one-shot kind of update and and after whatever happens here, that something "normal" will be in the Play Store so that we can tell what's going on for future updates. It's at least encouraging that Google MIGHT realize how terrible it is to have your Android updates pretty much held hostage by the whims of the phone manufacturer and possibly the carrier (e.g., AT&T). With this model, pretty much EVERY new feature needs to be an application rather than an OS upgrade if you want any number of people to have access to it. I'd root my phone in a minute if that could get me timely Android updates. But 1) I'm not sure it would, and 2) every time I read the latest "how to root" information, it seems to be so complicated that I won't go near it. It needs to be as easy as installing Windows. I'll stop ranting now. Don
  • It's worth the wait. Sure most phones will be up and running within a couple of weeks.
  • Google Play Services shouldn't be seen as a normal app - it's the way your phone updates all your other apps, including internal Google services. As I understand it, if you have version 10.5.xx (or above) then your handset is ready for Google Assistant, but it won't actually install until Google activate GA for your region. This is something that only Google can do - we cannot make it happen ourselves (unless you want to root your phone then hack some files to spoof Google into thinking that you have a Pixel handset, but that'll just limit your access any hardware-dependent software that's already on your phone, so why bother?) If you want to check which version of Google Play Services you have, you can download any of a number of apps which will read this info for you and allow you to update. I'm using 'Play Services Fix' which works fine. You could also sideload the most recent Play Services apk (10.5.35 beta or 10.2.99 stable), but there's really no need. When Google decides your phone can get GA, they'll make sure you get it. Google Needs GA to be installed on as many Android handsets as possible as it works by collating personal preferences and that's valuable data for Google, so it's in their best interests to have it installed ASAP. Personally, I'm happy to wait.
    BTW, I'm no expert, I just read a few different forums. Most of what I've said here is from http://pocketnow.com/2017/03/06/play-services-apk-google-assistant
  • Well, I'm the person who wrote the article. And the facts are exactly as Google gave them to me. You need Android 6.1.3, if you want Google Assistant, if you're running an Android 6 version OS.
  • Wow!!!! Your article originally SAID any phone running Android 6 (Marshmellow). Not a specific version or higher of Marshmallow. THAT is what the poster meant by the author not having his facts straight.... and he was right! "any phone with Android 6 or later". I don't see a mention of a specific version of Android 6. Oh snap!
  • Google specifically told me, in the above article referenced, that you need to have Android 6.1.3. If you don't see that, you're apparently not upgraded to get Google Assistant.
  • Your article SAID any phone running Android 6 (Marshmellow). Not a specific version or higher of Marshmallow. THAT is what the poster meant by the author not having his facts straight.... and he was right!
  • So Google specifically told you that you need to have a version of Android that doesn't exist installed on your phone? There were only 2 versions of Marshmallow released: 6.0.0 and 6.0.1. In any case I believe this is a server-side switch. I am running the Nougat 7.1.2 beta ROM on my Nexus 5X and I also have the beta version of Play Services installed (10.5.35) and I still don't have Google Assistant.
  • Fwiw, I just got Google Assistant on my Galaxy S6 running 6.0.1.
  • I downloaded the latest google play services apk and I still don't have the google assiasnt on my s7 edge http://www.apkmirror.com/apk/google-inc/google-play-services/google-play...
  • Unfortunately you wont get it in all the countries
  • I have Google Play Services 10.5.37 downloaded on my Note 5 and still have no Google Assistant.
  • Same here
  • yes I have tried it. You can get a is also included automatically in the Google chat program called Allo. Google Assistant person will still work even if you don't have any other contacts set up in the chat program which is likely because nobody else on this planet uses the Allo product. As for the functionality for the double drill down of the Google Assistant I was not impressed with whoever it does not seem into it as it does not seem common uses phrases and words.
  • and finally, I know it's superficial however when you look at the theme the coloring and the design of the Google Assistant it does not look professional it looks like it was designed by a team of 12 year old girls Japanese Harazuku girls.
  • I think Google goes for the comic book look.
  • Which is ironic because comics don't even use the comic book look anymore. The 'four colour' thing is 1960s.
  • I don't get why is it better than Google Now?
    I have to agree with you. No one uses Allo, and based on the Allo experience it's worse then Now in terms of understanding things.
  • Nope
  • Yes, I've had it on my GS7 Edge since the first day they started rolling it out to all the non-Pixel phones.
  • Yep. Hold down the home button and there it is.
  • Galaxy S7 here and nothing yet
  • Yep. Haven't been able to tell much difference from Google Now yet. This article makes it sound like Assistant is more for Google's ad-targeting and not for enriching user functionality/experience. I hope that's not the case. But I have yet to read any review of Assistant so far that explains what it can do that is so superior/revolutionary. The whole "conversational language" pitch is growing old.
  • Nope
  • I have it on my S7 Edge, just got it today.
  • Might be a good move on Google's part but nobody actually has it yet! I'm on the betas and don't even have it
  • Yea I've been on beta for awhile too had me curious.
  • That's the problem with the way Google rolls this stuff out, it's (seemingly) indiscriminate. There should be opt ins for us nerds who would actually use it, not just so we could satisfy our curiosity but to actually test that the software is working.
  • There is an option in for nerds. It's called a Pixel.
  • I've had it a couple of days now in the UK. It is on my Nexus 5 , 5X and Lenovo P2.
  • Have had it on my G5 since day one of roll out. US.
  • Does it work on the LG Tribute HD? How do I get ?
  • Not on my G5. Seems like Google likes to announce that it is beginning, but only for a few here and there. The rest of us will be weeks or months later. AW 2 is the same. Google releases, but OEM and carriers take their dear sweet time. I might see an update just before phone and watch are obsolete and new stuff announced. Kinda tired of the BS and half truths.
  • Could you please let me know the exact versions you have on your good old Nexus 5 (LG made in 2013) of:
    Android
    Google Play Services
    Google App
    Google Play Store. I also got a Nexus 5 (as my Nexus 6P crashed and went into a bootloop bug, its on its way to be repaired/replaced) and had to reactivate my Nexus 5, its all stock, non rooted, presumably latest versions of the above apps but, no Assistant as of now even tough my Google account is USA based one, but nevertheless I am not physically at the USA now... I don't know if I'll get GA in this phone...
    Thanks in advance.
  • I think it might be damage control on googles part , making it exclusive to the pixels in the first place was bad move in my book .
    All it did was piss a lot of the android community off (phone makers too) ,
    And now a lot of people couldn't care less for it ,
    hence the shutting down of google now ..... and trying to push more people to use the assistant anyway possible .
  • I think they always intended it to be a timed exclusive.
  • If so then they should have let us in on the secret too since we're the ones who they need to use it.
  • Possibly , but if that was the plan from the start , Google really needs to work on their communication skills.
  • I doubt that Google was trying to piss anyone off when it launched Assistant on the Pixel exclusively. In fact, Assistant was still a work in progress when the Pixel was launched and couldn't even read text messages. It seems that they wanted to have it exclusive to Pixel to have users work out the bugs first and have something to brag about for a few months until it was truly ready.
  • Nothing on my 5X running betas
  • Not to mention that the phones not following the spects requirements is not getting the GA
  • What are the specs that are required? I have a Galaxy S7, I would think my phone would get the GA.
  • No one has said that. Link?
  • Awesome, we can use the new Galaxy phones with it's awesome hardware and also great Google services like assistant. It'll spare us from crappy and Samsung only services like Bixby or whatever they are going to call.
  • So no one has it.... rediculos...
  • Redicilous. .. Christ Almighty.
  • Try again, ridiculous.
  • Redcomonilicdomus?
  • There was a kid in my school who had that, she died.
  • Lmao.
  • "OK Google. What is a Redcomonilicdomus?"
  • Don't be reedickyouless
  • Yep. I asked my whole gaming clan and out if 8 states 4 in each corner of the U.S. not one of them has got it yet.
  • Hmm. 8 states, 4 in each corner? How many corners does the US have? Math not your strong suit, Barrett?
  • And you know Bixby will be crappy because you've use it? Oh, you haven't? Then STFU about things you know nothing about.
  • Joke?
  • I love choice. And I love not using Assistant. Choice is great.
  • Off topic trying to figure this out I have a Samsung S7 edge on Tmobile I upgraded to nougat ever since then I cant find hbo go on the market a friend of mines has S7 on the same carrier and same issue any ideas on what's going on can't find anything on it
  • http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s7-edge/772569-hbo-go-wo... You're not alone. Looks like it's something HBO will have to address in their next app update.
  • Learn to use punctuation. u can type. so why do lazy people refuse to use punctuation? .. btw, Voice type is easy to also use punctuation.. except "s.
  • Google assistant will probably be so buggy on my s7 edge (if it gets it). Google now never worked with the screen turned off. Only the ****** svoice did.
  • Did you go into settings and turn it on for of screen use?
  • It only works with screen off if it's plugged into a charger home , car or computer
  • It will work with the screen off with phones with AMOLED displays.
  • Not every phone. On my Moto Z, there's no option to have the phone listen to the prompt when the screen is off and it isn't charging, though Moto Voice does.
  • Wrong
  • Not on my Galaxy S7.
  • Google Assistant started working for me tonight. However, the wake when the screen is off does NOT work, even though it is turned on.
  • Seriously? I don't know anyone that has it yet... 3 android phones in my family. 2 note 5s and an s7 edge, nothing yet. I think it's an April fools joke
  • It's March..barely
  • And that matters because?
  • April fool's joke???? It's barely March. Still doesn't make much sense to you?
  • I guess you've never heard of sarcasm... it's ok.
  • 💩
  • Have you not realised this isn't an apple roll out where every single person gets the update at the same time. Google does it by region and is not to everyone.
  • Again, it.... was...... sarcasm...... sorry if you can't understand that.
  • Still don't know the difference between Now and Assistant.
  • It's more fluid and talks to you like a normal person.
  • So it's more irritating than Google now then? ;)
  • +1
  • So basically, just like hangouts, Allo and whatever other messaging app they did.. And just like inbox and Gmail... Assistant is Now is google didn't just decide to drop it and actually updated it and supported it?
  • Smart devices
  • I was wondering the same thing. Is it really a major upgrade from Google Now?..
  • It's funny because Assistant can't do some of the things that Google now can do. This might have changed since I used it last and if it has, please correct me... Assistant can't tell you what song you are hearing on the radio but Google Now can. So for certain things, you still need both services at the moment. I'm sure this will get fixed in the near future.
  • Google Assistant is more personal. For instance, you can say OK Google...Good morning, and it will read a daily briefing (calendar events, etc.) and give you news from various sources. You can even play Mad Libs with the Assistant. I played around with it for 1 day, after that I barely use it, just like Google Now.
  • Assistant only allows you to speak to your phone. Now allowed either typed responses or you could speak to your phone. I had to downgrade the Google app to allow typed Google searches.
  • How did you downgrade? I can't wait to kill of my "assistant"?
  • It's getting the ability to type to it.
  • That is, if anyone has Assistant yet...
  • I do not have it on my HTC One M9,very disappointing
  • is this the same assistant that came with Allo?
  • Pretty much.
  • I have it. It's never as useful as you think it's going to be.
  • Where are you and what device if you don't mind my asking g.?
  • I'm in Texas and have it on my AT&T GS7 Edge. I've had it since the day they started rolling it out to all the other phones.
  • I'm in Texas as well, DFW, and same phone on same network. Nothing. Google isn't even doing things by region, it seems. Just one random as hell phone here and there. Like shooting darts on a board and activating whatever GPS account it lands on.
  • Unless you link it with an email you use for everything then most likely it won't be useful.
  • I have it on my unlocked LG G5 running Android 6.0. It works great.
  • I suspect that one of the reasons why Samsung developed bixby was because of googles erratic habit of only supporting some phones or certain countries for some services. Could Samsung guarantee Google assistant on all its phones in all areas?
  • That's very possible
  • Will assistant have its own app or is it hidden inside another app like Google now?
  • It will be part of Google Play Services.
  • Moto Assist > Google Assistant
  • I find it a bit confusing. It's in allo at the minute but will soon be in Google now when i hold the home button...But it's also hey google..
    An app might not be a bad idea.
  • Still a no go on my 1+3.
  • I had allo for a bit and set up Google assistant, will that carry over or will I have to redo it?
  • These comments: Don't have it yet it must suck. Why Google you so bad?
  • Google is kind of bad.
  • Also greatly devalues Google's premium Pixel phone & places the focus on whatever their next release will showcase. Samsung will come w/great hardware, it's own assistant & now you can have Google Assistant as well.
  • The Pixel is anything but premium. What a joke of an overpriced phone.
  • Is there a way to setup Google Assistant as a shortcut, without having to go through Allo?
  • If someone had it we'd know..
  • Yes,
    Use google Now. It's the same EXACT thing... only better
  • Wrong
  • I don't agree, I find GA more efficient than GN. Just my opinion, of course, but I've used GN a lot and in my short time of using GA I see a noticeable difference.
  • It's be nice if it actually was pushed out. It was supposed to start a week ago for non pixel devices such as the S7 and no one I know in my gaming clan who all have such or note 5's haven't got it. WA, CA, NY,FL,TN,GA AL, and ID. Those are the states these guys all live in so with?
  • No ME?
  • Has this actually rolled out to anyone yet?
  • Glad to know I'm not the only one who's wondering why the hell it isn't on my S6 Edge+.
  • I have a Moto x pure edition, no Google assistant yet as well.
  • Haven't got it on my OnePlus 2 (marshmallow) either. :/
  • Google Fail
  • No Assistant yet here in South East PA either on my S7. All the tech sites are touting its greatness and acting like it already hit Nougat devices and is coming to Marshmallow devices as we speak.
  • Okay... I guess I am the odd man out. I am on a Galaxy S7 and have been using the assistant for a while now. I love it and it works great!
  • When did you get the update?
  • I just read this article http://flip.it/W5aXPo
    saying that it may take weeks to get it and that you must have Android version 6.1.3 or 7. I have an AT&T Galaxy S6 Edge + and my version is only 6.0.1, so I guess I won't be getting it, because I highly doubt AT&T is going to be updating my phone again until it goes to 7.0
  • Yeah, I figured it would role out over a week or two, not all at once
  • I hope the part of that article that says it requires Android 6.13 isn't true...
  • There is no marshmallow 6.1.3. the highest marshmallow release is 6.0.1. some article got the Android version number and the Google app version number mixed up. Pretty much every article is copying somebody at this point. Google assistant will come if you have marshmallow or nougat ( and 1.5 GB RAM and a 720 display). People keep feeding out wrong info, and I posses me off. BTW Im in AL and still no assistant.
  • I agree with you Jerry on most parts. Google will have wider user base to mature the product. I don't think Samsung has really anything to do with it - I agree - if it was up to Samsung, they wouldn't put it in their updates, that doesn't support Samsung's marketing strategy. Google needs to look out after Google. I think it's kinda of like Amazon's marketing plan - develop a history and support the most active agendas. You can't go wrong with that... No miss deals - tangible market leads or assets?? - is probably another way to say it I guess... But not totally right either...
  • I think I'm going to seriously read the permissions and fine print. I don't use Google now at the moment and I'm not to eager to hand over more personal information to Google
  • Android fragmentation has been terrible. This perhaps somewhat mitigates the issue. Take Android updates out of the hands of manufacturers entirely!
  • The carriers are a bigger problem then most manufacturers
  • Would be nice if I actually had it on my Nexus 6P..
  • It's a staged rollout. Not everyone will get it at the same time. It's being rolled out in stages.
  • Still waiting
  • I'm just sitting here waiting...........
  • You should probably find something to do. It may be awhile.
  • What are you waiting on? Did you get rid of your pixel, or are you waiting for it on another phone you have?
  • This endless Praise of Google Assistant and the Blind Fanboy Loyalty to google is really becoming sickening.
    Google Assistant is Google Now Renamed. With LESS functionality - That's it... Period! You people make it sound like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. What can it do that google now cant do?
    Show The childish, often wrong Material Themed answer cards - Wow What a selling point.
    'Oh But wait, theres all these thing that it "May" be able to do in the future or after the Mythical "Coming updates". In typical google fashion they release a Half baked "improvement" that is nothing of the sort. and the lemmings fall in line and say. Oh, it doesn't do..... well google will add or fix that later! Ok google, what song is this... I cant do that YET... Yet that feature has been part of google for what? 2 years+?
    Half the questions you ask it the "Answer" is wrong ahd you then have to click the show more button, because some jag off at google thought limiting the answer to ONE and ONLY one was better than a page of answers. What if the phone isn't in your hand?
    The fact that a good percentage of the answer to spoken questions do not get read back and instead show some childish card is just google at its best.
    On google now as soon as you open it, there's a brief history of recent searches, on Assistant, there's nothing, You have to ask the question again and again... Genius!
    On now you can type or use the mic, on assistant its mic only.
    To those who are about to say - So don't use it. Unfortunately if you don't enable it on the pixel, You can no longer use the OK Google command! And don't Forget the lack of integration with so much of google, that Google now had and all the google apps and services that don't work with google assistant and android 7.1.1 Hopefully Google assistant will be the next google + and die a quiet death in the near future
  • This endless Praise of Google Assistant and the Blind Fanboy Loyalty to google is really becoming sickening.
    Google Assistant is Google Now Renamed. With LESS functionality - That's it... Period! You people make it sound like it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. What can it do that google now cant do?
    Show The childish, often wrong Material Themed answer cards - Wow What a selling point.
    'Oh But wait, theres all these thing that it "May" be able to do in the future or after the Mythical "Coming updates". In typical google fashion they release a Half baked "improvement" that is nothing of the sort. and the lemmings fall in line and say. Oh, it doesn't do..... well google will add or fix that later! Ok google, what song is this... I cant do that YET... Yet that feature has been part of google for what? 2 years+?
    Half the questions you ask it the "Answer" is wrong ahd you then have to click the show more button, because some jag off at google thought limiting the answer to ONE and ONLY one was better than a page of answers. What if the phone isn't in your hand?
    The fact that a good percentage of the answer to spoken questions do not get read back and instead show some childish card is just google at its best.
    On google now as soon as you open it, there's a brief history of recent searches, on Assistant, there's nothing, You have to ask the question again and again... Genius!
    On now you can type or use the mic, on assistant its mic only.
    To those who are about to say - So don't use it. Unfortunately if you don't enable it on the pixel, You can no longer use the OK Google command! And don't Forget the lack of integration with so much of google, that Google now had and all the google apps and services that don't work with google assistant and android 7.1.1 Hopefully Google assistant will be the next google + and die a quiet death in the near future
  • Wrong
  • I use it all the time when I'm driving - navigate to home; call my brother on speaker phone; find me a restaurant nearby; etc. I never used Google Now with my last phone which was an hTc One M8. The swipe to the right on the M8 opened the news feed, as it does on my Pixel XL. The added bonus with the Pixel is that it tells me how long is going to take me to get to work in the mornings so from the time that I get up out of bed, I can choose when I leave depending on what the traffic's doing. However, as I didn't use Google Now so I can't really compare the two. Assistant is useful to me though.
  • I don't think you need 2 of the same comment to get your point across Also, while I have never found any nice use out of it for my daily usage, others did. So wishing that it dies just because it doesn't seem to work well for you would kinda be a bad slap in the face to others who actually found use out of it.
  • I think they probably typed it on an iPhone, and it glitched, that's probably why there are 2 of the same comment.
  • If you're that angry about Google then why don't you get an iPhone? I hear that Siri is... brilliant.
  • You need a hug?
  • Well...this is Android Central. And Google has given us the most unadulterated versions of Android over the years. On top of that, alot of us enjoy the services and apps they provide. Anyone can tell you that integration won't happen overnight and Google Assistant will get better OVER TIME. I'm impressed enough to give Google a chance at anything. Some of their products aren't for me and I accept that. But then again...Google isn't here for just one person.
  • I could care less about the stupid Google Assistant. Alexa is something I do care about.
  • So you are saying you could care less. How much less could you care?
  • Ahh yes the grammar ****... Ain't not nobody haz time for that.
  • The dickins you say. Lol.
  • It makes me curious as to how they'll differentiate the Pixel 2 software wise. Guess they were left no choice as Samsung and Apple are almost guaranteed to sell all of the phones this year.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ3qd_hjdYA New s8 video leaked.
  • Everybody? Nobody actually has it yet.
  • Is this fake news? NOBODY has received the update to
    Google Assistant. Believe you me, I've searched on a
    daily basis. None of the Android forums(including this
    one) and XDA has any reports of people receiving it yet.
    (but sure hope I'm wrong) It's been days and not a
    single report.
  • Can AC do a story as to why nobody has actually received Assistant yet? I mean, why keep talking about it when no one has it?!?
  • Some have it. There are a few posts above by people saying so. This is a phased rollout over a few weeks time.
  • Because it's a gradual rollout, not like everyone has it on day one. It'll trickle slowly and my guess is few weeks or couple of months before rollout is complete. "The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year."
  • Cortana works well and has a couple of years headstart on Google
  • Lol not sure if serious. Cortana is good as well but headstart? Huh? Google has voice recognition and machine learning from way back and so does Microsoft. But no Microsoft has no headstart here. In fact they are second class citizen currently on Android phones and since they don't have their own mobile platform which is relevant it's hard to compete against Google, Apple and even Samsung to some extent. Cortana is good but they have an uphill task and now Amazon is also taking off on IoT home devices with Alexa so they are left behind there as well. Being on windows 10 devices is advantage but people mostly use voice assistant on home or mobile devices. It's not an easy task for Microsoft.
  • I use Cortana on my Windows 10 machine and I can tell you for certain that it's not better than Google assistant. It barely recognizes what I say most of the time unless I annunciate perfectly. With Google assistant I can talk normally and it hears me right every time. They also didn't have a head start. Google has been doing voice assistant features since 2010.
  • Thank you! I hate Cortana & disabled it...pathetic...
  • Is there a way to opt in? Is there something in the settings that must be changed. The articles say it'll just be there, I still have Google now on tap.
  • Nope. No opting in. It's just a waiting game as usual with Google. But you might as well have voice recognition turned on and your phone "trained" to respond to you saying "OK Google."
  • Great news! Google should be doing exactly this with everything Android. Release everything through Google Play. I personally love GA and find it quite useful the way I use my device. Getting availability out to hundreds of millions of devices is the right thing to be doing.
  • What about the UK?? Do we get it?
  • Waited for months for the nougot rollout . And now this. Absolutely craptacular google.
  • But, how rich is it's information if you use Outlook instead of Gmail?
  • You can gmailify your outlook. Then turn off Gmail notifications. That's what I do. And I get shipping updates, upcoming bills and etc etc
  • Nothing on my N6P either
  • Still waiting
  • I have a Nexus 6P on 7.1.1 & I still don't have Google Assistant or the March Security Patch, FN ridiculous!
  • The March Security patch was posted on Google's site today. It is the 6th of March and you think that is ridiculous? Wow.
  • Google assistant is free. It will automatically come to us. Google hasn't given anyone a definitive timeframe or details for the rollout.....yet I'm still kinda disappointed it's taking this long. When the story broke early last week stating that Friday was the day, I was like "cool, some new features to play with" Realizing that just about everyone on the boards and commenting here hasn't received it yet makes me a little less interested. Meh....it'll happen I guess.
  • It's here now, and it's better than now, but it's still not there. It's google's fault, for only one reason to me. You can't change "OK Google" to your own personal command. Talking about keeping your brand name. Speaktoit, could do that in 2010, and you had avatars, that you could customize. Why Google needs to stick with this, is a mystery.
  • This article hit the nail on the head. very good work!
  • Still don't have it on my LG v20 either. BTW I've really been enjoying the v20 after having a Samsung note 5.
  • Still waiting
  • Im over like why announce it if it isn't ready..............WTF?!
  • It is ready and on some phones. It is updating in phases. Hence, the announcement saying exactly that.
  • Putting Assistant on all Android phones running Marshmallow and Nugget is brilliant. It will give Google a leg up on Amazon and Alexa. There will be a lot more phones running Marshmallow or Nugget than devices running Alexa.
  • How do you know if you even have it? Serious question.
  • Hold down your Home button. If you have it it will be there as opposed to Google Now.
  • About time.
  • Figure we'll have it by April.
  • It's out already.
  • Just received it on my lg g5
  • What region are you in?
  • I have it on my S7 Edge.
  • Chicago
  • Still waiting
  • Still don't have it.
  • Just got it on my HTC 10
  • Not yet on the west coast...
  • I now have it. E. Coast, US.
  • Just got assistant now. I remember a more involved set up when I first downloaded allo
  • I just received Assistant on my LG G5 and my Huawei MediaPad M3. Just long pressed my home button, and there it was!
  • I just got it on my Galaxy S6 Edge plus. Michigan
  • Got it on my Note 5 in Indiana a couple hours ago. Pretty sweet. You can ask jokes and she even sings. Ask if she knows the muffin man.
  • Still waiting
  • Just got it on my 7 Edge. Seems cool I guess.
  • Other than just testing the home button, how can I tell when it hits my phone? (T-mobile GS7 edge)
  • Still no assistant on my Sprint HTC One M9,Google fail
  • Just Got it on my HTC 10
  • Idk. So much misleading info out there. I'm just gonna wait to see what happens. If it doesn't come, at least I still have Google now. Which I can keep even after they've scraped it. And I can always root. I'm out.
  • Arrgh! I HATE Assistant. I don't want to talk to my phone all the time. Google Now was discreet. I could be in meeting, long press the home button, and have my preferred cards just be there. No more. Now I have to TALK to the stupid phone. Yeah, like I can really do that in a meeting, or in church, or in any of a thousand places where talking out loud is going to be rude, embarrassing, or just annoying. I don't WANT to talk to my phone. I much prefer typing my queries, but that seems to be impossible. Oh, and Assistant doesn't even respect mute. I turned the sound off on my phone, long pressed the home key, and the stupid thing starts shouting at me. Yes, I know I can turn off the sound in Assistant settings, but it should also respect global settings. People complain about carriers or manufacturers forcing things on the, but this is the most disruptive, unwanted piece of software I've ever had to deal with. Thanks for nothing, Google. How the heck do I get rid of this piece of c**p and go back to Google Now, which was actually USEFUL to me?
  • Use the widget or the swipe to now screen on Google now launcher or change the system language to any other version of English or wait for it to get text input which is coming soon.
  • In Ontario Canada on an S6 still no GA
  • "... best move Google will make in 2017"
    Maybe, if they fix it! Before it got pushed to my phone (LG H631), I was totally able to do (most) tasks via Bluetooth headset using Google Now, even if my phone was locked. It was awesome. It's also exactly what I need my phone to do. Ever since I got "Google Assistant", this functionality is totally broken. The only response I've gotten so far from Google is a generic "Here's a link to the manual!"
    Yeah. Not helpful. Didn't fix anything. If they fix it and make it less buggy in general (doesn't always respond even is screen is on/unlocked, etc.), it could be fantastic. Right now, not so much. Is anyone else having this problem?