And starting today, it's rolling out to Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow devices with Google Play Services. Now though the entire rollout process will take time, this is a pretty major step from the search-engine giant and quite clearly Google is targetting Apple's Siri and other personal assistants in the market.
After being available for Google Pixel and Pixel XL, which are the first Android devices to come with built-in Google Assistant, the voice assistant is now up for more Android devices with Google Play Services.
If you're in the USA and have a handset running Android 6.0 and up you might already be able to use the new feature. As well as gaining a GIF library, so GIFs can be easily added to conversations (including random ones if you like), there's also animated emoji, and one-tap access to Google Assistant. So instead of scanning the screen for contextual search results, a long-press of the home button will now launch the Google Assistant. Now, with the roll out extended to some couple of devices to hundereds of million devices, it will be interesting to see if people adopts Google Assistant to their daily life. It's highly unlikely that Apple would ship a future iPhone model with Google Assistant integrated into the mobile operating system the way Siri is, and instead it would have to be brought over through an iOS app.
The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the USA, and later in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany.
Meanwhile you can also now "step up your emoji game" with some new animated options in Allo, Google Group Product Manager Amit Fulay wrote in a blog post.
Google just drop its new update for Android and make smartphones more useful for its users. But it seems that it is not the case, in a recent interview given by Rick Osterloh, Google Head of Hardware, he says that, 'Pixel stays premium'. Once again, the Mountain View company stated that additional languages will be coming too Google Assistant over the coming year.