Nov 20, 2017

Google Assistant will be arriving soon on Android tablets

At last, the elusive Google Assistant will become available to Android tablets sooner than later. According to a recent report, Google's long-avoided device was among the products compatible with Google Assistant.

Google seems to have a hidden grudge against Android-powered tablets. Back in March, the search giant released a statement saying that "The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets." By that time, the company's intelligent assistant, the Google Assistant, has already been existing for several months. It had debuted last May 2016 on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. Since the announcement, Google Assistant became available for Android smartphones from all the phone makers. Furthermore, the digital assistant also graced Google products such as the home smart speakers, car infotainment systems, smart TVs, Android Wear, and the latest Chrome OS-packing laptop, the Pixelbook. It even made its way to Apple's iPhone and iPad through an iOS application. But still, it did not arrive on the Android tablets.

However, it seems that it is about to change. A news website recently shared their discovery with the settings menu within the version 7.14 of the Google app. As per the report, the beta version listed Android tablets among those devices compatible with Google Assistant and now included a tablet icon in the set. If you want to see it yourself, you must go to the settings and then Services. After that, scroll down until you find the Availability tab. It says there that the services such as music, home control, and news are only available in tablets running on Android 6.0 OS or higher. Please note, though, that even if you download the beta version, it will still launch the old Google Now on Tap feature rather than the flashy Google Assistant. Apparently, the rollout is just around the corner. Are you excited to launch the Google Assistant on your Android tablet?