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Coming to tablets and more Android phones

Coming to tablets and more Android phones

While phones running Android 5.0 and above will get the Assistant, Google says that only tablets running Android 6.0 and above will get the Assistant.

Google Assistant, like competitors Alexa, Siri and Cortana, answers all sorts of questions ranging from the weather to your flight information to your next appointment.

Adding another arrow to its smart-home quiver, Google announced Wednesday that it's expanding its personal voice assistant onto tablets and phones running Android Lollipop.

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Either way, this will come as welcome news for Android tablet owners that have waited for over a year to see whether Assistant will make it to their devices, though the roll-out strategy is something to keep in mind. English-speaking users in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore will have access, as will Spanish speakers in the US, Mexico and Spain. It is first rolling out to devices in the USA set to English.

The Google Assistant first launched on the Pixel and Pixel XL in October 2016, and then a few months later in March 2017, expanded to all Android phones running Marshmallow 6.0 or newer. It's also rolling out to Spanish language users in the United States, and to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea as well. Rather, an icon in users' "All Apps" lists will be present that can bring up the AI bot.