Google confirms Assistant is not rolling out to Android tablets

A couple of weeks ago Google had announced that more phones would be getting Google Assistant in future, i.e. the useful AI from the company headquartered in Mountain View, California.

In the announcement, they said how selected devices running Android 6.0+ and Android 7.0+ could be eligible for the update, but they totally avoided mentioning tablets and that left people wondering: is that a mistake / over simplification or are tablets really not getting Google’s AI?

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Well, it seems as we have an answer today. Google confirms Assistant will not be available on tablets, either they’re Google’s own Nexus 9, Pixel C or other tablets, they won’t be getting the update.

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

So that’s it, give up your hopes of seeing Google Assistant on your tablets, or at least not officially. Were you expecting to get it on your device? Drop a comment below and let us know!

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1 Comment

  1. Stef
    March 17, 2017

    Google does everything in their power to strike android tablets. From this, to not segregating tablet apps in play store and pretty much behaving as if they’re the same as phone apps, to creating half-hearted attempts (Pixel C was a tablet straight from 2014 released in early 2016).

    At this point I get it, Chromebooks are a direct competitor to android tabs (similar limited use, similar size, similar price). How are they going to push their proprietary OS if their (relatively) open source OS is antagonizing it. Better stifle internal competition and let the worse (but more easily manipulated) product win out…