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Google Assistant will not makes its way to Android tablets as part of its recent wider rollout

by Josh Levenson | March 16, 2017March 16, 2017 10:30 am PDT

Following Google Assistant’s recent arrival on non-Pixel smartphones running Android 6.0 and above, the search engine giant has reportedly confirmed to Android Police that it will not be bringing the personal helper to Android-powered tablets.

“The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets,” said Google in a statement.

We should note, however, that this isn’t solid confirmation that Google Assistant won’t reach Android tablets in the future, as the statement pertains to the rollout that commenced on Thursday, March 2.

There is a workaround, though. If a user alters their slate’s build.prop file, they can trick Play Services into thinking the device is on the list to receive compatibility for Assistant.

Huh, what’s Google Assistant?

Just in case you missed its announcement and all of the recent chatter (we know, it’s unlikely), Google Assistant is essentially an upgrade to Google Now, capable of engaging in two-way voice conversations and processing complex requests.

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...

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