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Google has just begun the rollout of Google Assistant to devices running Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 6.0 Marshmallow. If not, you can always try Google Assistant by using Google's Allo app.

Days after announcing that its Assistant would be coming to more phones, it looks like Google is ready to begin the push. Users are not going to add a new messaging application when their contacts already use the other app, and we know that messaging networks are not interoperable with each other.

The Google Assistant will roll out this week to English speakers in the United States with phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the company said. "To get started, touch and hold the Home button", said Google in a blog post. The Google SVP also noted that the company will leave the segment of budgeted smartphone for other OEMS. Canadians and Australians will be the next customers to get the AI, while Germans will see the feature in their native tongue at some point down the road.

Now Google Assistant is the smart assistant, which is powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning. But, it is safe to assume that all flagship Android phones launched in 2016 including: Galaxy S7, S6 series, HTC 10, LG V20, Asus Zenfone 3 series, Moto Z series and others, will definitely get the new digital assistant.

The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the US, and later in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany.

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The Google Assistant is essentially a supercharged take on Google Now, delivering reminders, answers to more specific questions and more. While this is a welcome move from Microsoft, the one thing that is missing out from this update is the fact that users can not ask Cortana things, similar to how they do it in the Windows Phones.

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This is meant to get more users to pick up this app and use it regularly.

Apart from the dedicated Google Assistant icon, the update brings along animated emojis to the app. Google Assistant relies on machine learning to improve its search results and responses over time, and yes Google does store the requests you make to Assistant, so do keep that in mind.

  • Delia Davidson