Google Assistant has been available on recent Android phones for a while. However, that still puts it out out of reach of many Android users when a whopping 46.5 percent of active Android users are running a version older than Marshmallow. To help address this, Google is making Assistant available on devices running Android Lollipop. If you're still rocking an older phone, you'll get the same AI helper as a shiny new handset.
Google Assistant, Google's own AI digital assistant, is now rolling out to several smartphones running Android Marshmallow and Nougat. However, it looks like the company's digital assistant won't be making its way to tablets. Earlier this month, Google Assistant started rolling out to older, non-Pixel smartphones. The company also made it clear on its blog that the service will be available on "Android phones" and "smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow." Android Police has now reached out to Google regarding the availability of Assistant on tablets, and this was the company's response: "The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets."
Google I/O 2018 kicks off May 8, and we can't wait to hear what's cooking for developers and fans. We'll obviously get a whole lot of info about the next version of Android, but no doubt AI, AR, Assistant, and other Google products will have their moment as well. Here's everything we expect to see, plus a few things we're wishing hard for: Google has already released a developer's preview of Android P, but the company's likely holding back some features for the big show. Most notably, Google accidentally outed a gesture-based navigation system that could debut this week (unless it's being saved for the Pixel 3). Otherwise, we'll likely see some demos of the biggest features, such as camera cutout support and indoor location tracking, as well as what's new in the Android One and Android Go projects.