No love for tablets as Google skips them with Assistant

If you have an Android smartphone running either Nougat or Marshmallow, the odds are pretty good that you may already have access to the Google Assistant. This comes after Google started rolling the AI feature out to devices earlier this month. Unfortunately, it looks like one group of device owners is being left out in the cold as Android tablets are not receiving the Assistant and future access appears to be doubtful as well.

In a statement provided by Google, the company says, “The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets.” Google did not respond to inquiries as to whether the Assistant might deploy to tablets at some later time.

The Google Assistant is Google’s artificial intelligence technology used to super power their search app, though the technology can also be incorporated in other ways. When it was first revealed last summer, it was part of Google’s Allo. The market expanded with the launch of the Pixel phones last fall when the Google Assistant was exclusive to those platforms. Now that period of exclusivity has expired as Google is rolling the technology out to all Marshmallow and Nougat smart phones via an app update, meaning carriers do not have to be involved with an operating system update.

Besides the in app features that make things like sharing search results easier and giving the interface a more interactive feel, one of the biggest changes for users is the ease of access which is achieved by pressing and holding the home button.

source: Android Police


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina and possesses the CAPM credential from PMI. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3 along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.


  • Yakuzah

    No Google assistant here in the UK. Been waiting patiently but nothing… So i don’t know who your referring to in the article about most people? Unless your referring to the population of the USA? Who believe or not do not constitute most people in the world who own android devices.