Google Assistant Is Being Rolled Out Only To Smartphones: Sorry Android Tablet Owners

17 March 2017, 7:10 am EDT By Erin Schroeder Tech Times
Google has confirmed that rollout of the Assistant would be limited to Android smartphones for now. The company will be pushing out Google Assistant to Android tablets possibly later, but has not given a time window.  ( Maurizio Pesce | Flickr )

The Google Assistant is already making its way to non-Pixel devices, but the company has now confirmed that the AI will initially only be pushed out for Android smartphones. This means that if you own an Android tablet, you need to exercise some patience.

For the uninitiated, the Google Assistant is akin to Apple's voice-activated personal assistant Siri. It aids people to belt out instructions to the AI, making it seamless for them to access certain features and functionalities.

In February, Google announced that its Assistant will be rolling out to several Android Marshmallow and Nougat powered devices. Prior to this, the Google Assistant was available to phones via its messaging app Allo.

As promised, the Google Assistant began rolling out to Android smartphones earlier in March with the OnePlus 3 also benefiting from the same. However, even as smartphone owners are benefiting from the support, Android tablet users are yet to receive Google Assistant on their devices.

Now, a report from Android Police reveals that when Google announced the Assistant's rollout, it did not mean Android tablets.

No Google Assistant For Android Tablets?

The publication reached out to Google to confirm if it was simply pushing out the Assistant to Android smartphones for now, and the company affirmed the same.

"The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets," said the company to the publication.

With Google confirming that the Assistant is currently limited to Android Nougat and Marshmallow smartphones, tablet owners will be disappointed.

So for the time being, it seems that users of the Android tablets like the Pixel C, Nexus 9 and more will have to wait for a future update, which would bring the Google Assistant their way.

Why The Delay?

It unclear as to why Google is making Android tablet owners - with compatible models - wait for the Assistant's arrival.

It is being speculated that Google may be planning for a unique interface for the Assistant on Android tablets. This could possibly be causing the delay in its release for tablets.

It is also believed that since it took Google months to roll out the Assistant beyond the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the company could be facing the same issue with the Android tablets.

What To Expect                   

Google has not shared any time window for the Assistant's rollout for Android-powered tablets. However, users of Android tablets would be hoping that they can soon benefit from the Google Assistant and peruse its abilities.

Photo: Maurizio Pesce | Flickr



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