Google’s exciting new virtual Assistant began rolling out to Australians using non-Pixel phones a week ago, but it seems it’s taking a fairly long time to reach users, so is there a common thread? We thought we’d try to find out through crowd sourcing.
We’ve seen some back and forth between users, but adding our own 2c to the conversation, here at Ausdroid we’ve got writers using all three carriers, as well as MVNOs using those networks and had varying results. We’ve also got phones all running Marshmallow or above as required to run the Google Assistant, but some have the Assistant, and some don’t – so what’s going on?
We’ve seen previously that Telstra blocks updates for phones, though mainly Pixel and Nexus updates in a broad sense, but it’s entirely possible that they’re blocking something here. It’s also possible that it’s a server side switch to enable Google Assistant as the two phones I’ve had receive the Assistant had no OTA software updates prior to getting the notification – so maybe it’s being switched on slowly?
To see if there’s a common thread, we’ll start with carriers as the basis for questions and we’ll go from there. So, answer away: