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Google Assistant Arrives On Android L Smartphones

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Meanwhile, smartphones running Google's lightweight Android Oreo (Go edition) can be expected to hit the Indian market in the next few months.

Google has ensured its new Assistant program is able to run on a wider choice of devices now that the minimum OS requirement for the device has been reduced to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google's Android platform version distribution data was just updated this week, and it paints a painfully sad picture of the current state of Android.

Google says that devices running Android Go open 15 percent faster compared to other versions of Android. According to Mukha, once users get the update, an Assistant app icon would be displayed in the "All apps list".

Google Assistant was introduced some time a year ago when the company launched its first ever Pixel smartphone line up. Tablet owners will get in on the action if they're on 7.0 Nougat or 6.0 Marshmallow. Google Assistant has started rolling out to users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as to Spanish user in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain.

It's also rolling out to devices in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea. After the availability of Pixel phones, Assistant was rolled out to all smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow of above.

But unlike Files Go, which is available to all Android users, isn't yet compatible with the devices running other versions of Android.

Google Maps Go app has been made available to download on the Play store in India. At the time, the company stated that the newest version would be the best fit for the devices having RAM of 512MB or 1GB. Along with Oreo Go, Google had also announced a slew of lightweight apps. Earlier this month, the search giant launched Android Oreo Go, an Android version tailored for the low-priced smartphones.