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Google last year started seeding its ‘Assistant’ AI to devices including smartphones and Google Home. Over the past one year, the AI has reached several other OEMs’ smartphones, speakers, headphones and Android Wear watches. Now, the search giant is tapping on Android tablet users and those handsets that are running older versions of the OS.

The company has announced that it is bringing Google Assistant to tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow. In addition, the AI will hit smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop as well. The Assistant will come with all the native features like what we have seen in the latest Android smartphones.

“With the Assistant on tablets, you can you can get help throughout your day—set reminders, add to your shopping list (and see that same list on your phone later), control your smart devices like plugs and lights, ask about the weather and more,” announced Maksim Mukha, Google Assistant program manager.

It has been mentioned that Android tablet users in the US will get Google Assistant in English language. Although the firm has not yet mentioned it, the AI could arrive to tablets in other regions and languages at later dates.

While the Assistant was made available for smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow in February this year, it is now hitting those running Android 5.0 Lollipop. The AI has already started rolling out to supported smartphones in English language to the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore. The Spanish language version is being rolled out to the U.S., Mexico and Spain. Users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea will also get the taste of the Assistant on Android Lollipop.

“Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Assistant app icon in your “All apps” list,” concludes Mukha. The feature will arrive as a part of an update for Google Play Services.

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