June 25, 2017

Google Pixel 2 CONFIRMED for later this year

04 March 2017, 12:57 | Muriel Sparks

Google Pixel 2 CONFIRMED for later this year

We're in love with the Pixel... shame Google can't get any in stock for Valentine's Day

However, the company announced earlier this week that smartphones running Android 6 or Android 7 would get Google Assistant. Previously, and since Google Assistant was launched in October a year ago, it was just available on Google's own Pixel devices, Google Home, Android Wear and Allo messaging app.

Google confirms in the description of the video that Assistant is rolling out to Android Marshmallow and Nougat devices beginning today. The only new feature, according to the changelist, allows Android users to access Cortana from the lock screen.

It's hardly the biggest reveal about future Pixel devices and doesn't really tell us anything we hadn't all assumed, but it's a good starting point for the future Android phone. The update brings animated emojis, a better GIF search as well as a shortcut to the Google Assistant.

If you're an iPhone user and if you have made use of Google's Allo app, you might have seen the assistant baked inside the app. While this is a welcome move from Microsoft, the one thing that is missing out from this update is the fact that users can not ask Cortana things, similar to how they do it in the Windows Phones.

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Osterloh further added that Google is not very keen on launching budget smartphones and the company will make sure that "Pixel stays premium".

The expansion will commence soon, and the initial markets where Google Assistant will arrive initially include US, Canada, Australia, Germany and UK.

Once updated with Google Assistant, the users can communicate with the phone like a normal one-on-one conversation with another person and can continue the conversation as long as they want. More countries and language support are promised later this year. In the new update, the tech giant has made live easier for those who still depend on the Allo app for messaging services. Google Assistant is Google's assistant created with software based on Artificial Intelligence learning.

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