Last May, after Google introduced its own personal virtual assistant, Google Assistant to the world it has been used in many devices including smartphones, watches, Google Home, and many other things. At the recent IFA event in Berlin, Google announced that now even more third party devices will be able to support and integrate Google Assistant. This means that you’ll now see the virtual assistant in various appliances, speakers, and even home automation systems.
With this announcement, Google is trying to catch up with Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa’s reach, which is now available for most of the third-party devices. The Google Assistant will now be available for Anker Zolo Mojo, a small cylinder speaker which is like a third-party version of Google Home, and two other smart speakers that are expected to be launched at the ongoing IFA event.
Furthermore, Google also has announced partnerships with LG to make its devices smarter, voice-controlled, and efficient with its Google Assistant. This means that you might find yourself asking “Ok Google” more often than you do now as most of the gadgets and appliances, like washing machines, refrigerators, and others will be supporting this virtual voice assistant.
Of course, Google Assistant is not only limited to the speakers and appliances. It’s expected that there will be many other new products that will support it and in the next few days, you might see these products announced. With Google pushing hard to make its presence felt in the virtual assistant game it will be interesting to see how it works out for the tech giant.
Google Assistant for Android Oreo
Google’s virtual assistant, after its announcement was first seen in the Google Pixel devices, which was later extended to the other Android devices. Today, all the Android smartphones running Android 6.0 or higher support Google Assistant. The recently launched Android Oreo is no exception as it supports the virtual assistant and also has some improvements and new features.
The Android version of 8.0 will now let the apps to launch the Google Assistant from within the app itself, which was missing in the other Android versions. This feature is said to directly help for a better integration between the third-party applications and the Assistant. However, there’s a catch as it will only be available for the apps that are designed for Android Oreo.
If you’re an Android phone user and still haven’t tried the Assistant yet, here’s how to get Google Assistant for your device.
- Check the Android version installed your device is running on and if it’s lower than Android version 6.0 then you’ll have to update your device to the latest Android version.
- Once you have the latest version of Android, open the Google Play Store and look for the latest Google app update.
- Update your Google app.
- After you update the Google app, open it and tap on menu present on the top left corner.
- Then select enable Google Assistant.
- You need to speak “Ok Google” three times and after that, you’re good to use it.