Google expands reach of Assistant as it fights for smart home domination

posted on Wednesday, 13th December 2017 by Steve May

Home automation  Smart home  Google Home 

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Google Assistant is coming to Android L (Android 5.0 Lollipop) smartphones and Android M and N tablets. As a result, over 50 per cent of Android users will now have access to the Assistant on their devices.Over 25 per cent of Android users are currently on L, so the move is a significant boost to Google’s smart home ambitions.

With the Assistant on tablets, users can set reminders, add to their shopping lists and control smart devices like plugs and lights.

Earlier this year, Google pushed the Assistant to smartphones running Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Google Play.

The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out to users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore; users with the language set to Spanish in the US, Mexico and Spain; Italian in Italy; Japanese in Japan; German in Germany; French in Canada and France; Portuguese in Brazil; as well as Korean in Korea.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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