Amidst the major event Google hosted, it has quietly released the Assistant app on the Play Store. Google announced the launch of its AI-based Assistant at I/O 2016, and debuted it with the Pixel smartphones. Following which, Google released Assistant on more flagship smartphones, devices running Android Marshmallow, and iOS as well. Google Assistant on Play Store isn’t the app actually, but another way of accessing the feature. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can playAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
Compatible devices already have Assistant pre-loaded that can be accessed by pressing and holding the home button or by saying “Ok, Google”. This app merely acts as a widget or icon, which you can tap to launch Assistant. For iOS devices, Google Assistant is available as a separate app that can be downloaded from the App Store. Also, this app isn’t required to use Assistant on your device.
Another feature, as pointed by Android Police, is that the app scans your device to see if it is Assistant compatible or not. This is the first Google Assistant released on Play Store, and as such doesn’t come with any new features or changes. With time, Google will possibly release updates with new features for Assistant. With a standalone app, Google will be able to roll out updates with bug fixes and improvements without having to upgrade the Android OS altogether. Google Assistant currently runs on Android Marshmallow, Android Nougat and Android Oreo devices. ALSO READ: Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL: From big display to active edge, here are the top features
Prior to this, Google had introduced a male voice for Assistant. Just like Siri, you can now choose between the male and female voices for Assistant. You can choose either Voice I for female or Voice II for male by heading over to Settings -> Account -> Preferences -> Assistant Voice. Before choosing, you can hear a preview of the female and male voices for Assistant. The chosen voice will be set as default for all Assistant paired devices. RELATED: Google Assistant now available in male voice, here s how you can make the switch