Being able to communicate with your Android phone via Google’s AI – Google Assistant, is fun. Android marshmallow and Android nougat users should be able to attest to this.
Google also incorporated it’s AI to it’s mobile messaging app, Allo. During the course of reviewing the app, I mentioned there in, that communicating with the Assistant can be fun. You could ask series of questions and get instant replies. You could even ask the assistant to search some keywords for you.
While the AI is such an interesting feature to have on Android phones running marshmallow and above, Google says Android tablet won’t get the Assistant flavor. At least, not anytime soon.
Android Tablets Will Not Receive Google Assistant Feature
Google via it’s official blog post, only mentioned ‘Smartphones,’ ‘Android phones‘ and ‘Android partner phones‘. Android tablets weren’t mentioned therein.
According to Android Police, Google said:
The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets.
The statement above clearly has Google saying Google Assistant does not include tablets running Android OS. The company did not mention any plans of having the feature on tablets. But, it won’t be out of place if in the future, the feature is made available for Android tablet users.
While the AI is only available to Android phones running marshmallow and above, users with lower OS versions can still have the Assistant feature on their Android phones. However, that will require you learning about build.prop file editing. This method worked for many even when the feature was only limited to Pixel phones.
Via a recent blog post, Google said:
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.
That’s another confirmation of Assistant not coming to Android Tablets. At least, not anytime soon. This includes tablets running Android Marshmallow and above.
If you are looking for an alternative, Google Now On Tap should come in handy. This is available on every device running Android marshmallow and above.