The voice AI wars are on! After Apple’s Siri, Microsoft made advances early with Cortana. But, during the 2016 holiday season Amazon took a strong lead by outfitting millions of homes with its affordable Alexa-enabled devices.
Not to be diminished quickly, Google has made several advances of its own recently, in an effort not to fall too far behind the competition. Google Home is the company’s Alexa competitor and now Google is also promising to bring its Google Assistant quickly to more devices by enabling non-Google Android handsets to integrate.
The Google Assistant will begin rolling out this week to English users in the U.S., followed by English in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as German speakers in Germany. We’ll continue to add more languages over the coming year. The Google Assistant will automatically come to eligible Android phones running Nougat and Marshmallow with Google Play Services. You’ll also see the Google Assistant on some newly announced partner devices, including the LG G6.
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