Thursday in CE: Google Assistant Coming to Older Android, Samsung Cans Aggressive Galaxy S9 Update
The Google Pixel 2 has only been out for a few months now and it's already starting to feel like a software release, not a hardware one. Which is probably for the best considering how many people are using Android these days and how desperately they need uniformity across the mobile operating system.
Maybe their crowning achievement, one that is admittedly still a work in progress, is the Google Assistant. The Pixel 2 complemented it with a squeeze feature that brought it up instantly but it was feeling like Google forgot about the other side of the pond that wasn't ready to upgrade to the latest and greatest and even stand alone smart speakers.
That's why Google worked to get the assistant in older versions. Announced today, the voice assistant will make it's way to any Android smartphone running 5.0 Lollipop and up. Looking at Google Play numbers, this adds another 26 percent of Android users to the Assistant's reach.