Monday , April 24 2017

Google advises Assistant will not be coming to Tablets

The Google Assistant has fast become one of my favourite features of the Pixel, and it’s neat on Google Home as well. While Google has announced that the assistant will be coming to Android Auto, Android TV and devices running Marshmallow and above, it won’t be coming to tablets.

The rollout of Assistant has begun with devices in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and of course Australia starting to now be able to use Google Assistant. While phones were receiving it, Android Police reached out to Google to find out about tablets and received this statement:

The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets.

Without resorting to modifying your build.prop file on your tablet, there’s little you can do to get Assistant on your tablet. Google has so far not advised whether Assistant will ever arrive on tablets, but may answer that in the coming weeks as the rollout to phones is completed.

Source: Android Police.

Daniel Tyson   Editor at large

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  • Mike Stevens

    Yeah, the last thing Android users need is a complete and unified experience.

  • Fred

    Google really have taken to shooting themselves in the foot in recent years.

    Assistant doesn’t seem to actually DO anything, and most consider it a step backward from Google Now (which itself wasn’t great). In the area of fragmentation they seem to have been getting worse, with OS versions all over the shop, de-evolution of the UI, and ‘assistants’ that have differing capabilities depending on which area they are in. And the less said about Allo and Duo, the better.

    Tablets getting killed, for no good reason, has been going on for years now – just look at the mess they have made of landscape mode in their UI.

    They seriously need to sack those responsible and get back on track.

  • Dean Rosolen

    Not too worried about not having Assistant on my Pixel C. I’m more concerned with actually getting Assistant to show up when the system language is set to English (Australia).

    I think that’s something Ausdroid should be following up on.

    • Alex

      Exactly, this assistant rollout is bullshit.

  • Wayno

    Well that sucks.

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