In the midst of all the MWC 2017, Google has announced that the Google Assistant will no longer be exclusive to the Pixel phones and will be coming to devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The first non-Pixel phone that will launch with the Google Assistant will be the LG G6, which was just announced at MWC 2017.
Google says the Assistant will be rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat devices this week for English users in the US, Australia, Canada and the UK. While German-speaking users in Germany should see the Assistant soon. More languages will be added over the coming months.
The Google Assistant will replace the long press of the home button and the “OK Google” voice command. Google hasn’t specified whether the Assistant will be coming via an update to Google Play Services or if it’s a server-side switch.
Think of the Google Assistant as the next version of Google’s voice search with the ability to also control smart homes, remembering things and as an open API for developers.