• Google Assistant No Longer a Pixel Exclusive



    Google had some news of their own at Mobile World Congress last week—The Verge reports that their "AI" Assistant is rolling out to millions of Marshmallow and Nougat-powered Android phones around the world. Users in the U.S. are first in line for the upgrade, with Australia, Canada, the U.K. and Germany to follow.

    Android Central has an interesting take on the timing of the announcement:

    Samsung was never going to build it into the Galaxy S8 or any other phone it sells. Now the decision has been taken out of Samsung's hands and left up to you to opt in if you want Google Assistant.
    Okay, cool, but before we all swoon over good guy Google let's also remember that up to now it's been an exclusive feature of the company's Pixel phones, rather than being more widely available from the get-go. Same story for the Pixel Launcher, by the way, which Google is only now graciously allowing on the new Android devices from Nokia.

    You could look at this phenomenon in one of two ways, neither of which paints Google in a particularly attractive light. I see these Pixel exclusives—and the Pixel itself, for that matter—as very un-Googley, and not at all in the spirit of AOSP. On the other hand, Pixel owners might rightfully feel that they're de facto beta testers for everyone else.

    At any rate, Google's Assistant is making its way to your non-Pixel phone. Let us know if you get it!

    Sources: Android Central, The Verge

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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. OmegaWolf747's Avatar
      OmegaWolf747 -
      Is this thing going to be forced on users, or a voluntary download?

      Tappin' and talkin' with Tapatalk.
    1. NotABiot's Avatar
      NotABiot -
      Quote Originally Posted by OmegaWolf747 View Post
      Is this thing going to be forced on users, or a voluntary download?

      Tappin' and talkin' with Tapatalk.
      Apparently, by the version number, I got it recently. But I can't find out how to turn it on, and none of the news stories mention it at all. You know. the thing to enable it before it can come up by long-pressing the home button.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by OmegaWolf747 View Post
      Is this thing going to be forced on users, or a voluntary download?

      Tappin' and talkin' with Tapatalk.
      AFAIK it's up to the user if he/she want it.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
      Apparently, by the version number, I got it recently. But I can't find out how to turn it on, and none of the news stories mention it at all. You know. the thing to enable it before it can come up by long-pressing the home button.
      What phone are you running? For me the long press doesn't even work only saying "ok google" does.
    1. ijcy's Avatar
      ijcy -
      I've been running it on my phone for over a month now, you needen't wait for Google. And the Pixel launcher I've been running for since sept. All on a non Pixel phone BTW.
    1. Ipse's Avatar
      Ipse -
      We need to pool some money and buy Google a compass... They obviously lost theirs.