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Top Google feature is rolling out to even more Android 7.0 Nougat

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Written by Kamil Arli

The Express.co is reported that TOP Google feature is rolling out to even more Android 7.0 Nougat and Marshmallow devices, earlier than expected- here’s how you can get your hands on the update.

Google Pixel users just lost one of their biggest bragging rights.

Google’s latest smartphone is one of the most advanced devices on the market today, bringing a huge range of useful tools, programs and apps.

But now one of the most novel features in its software, Android 7.1 Nougat, is coming to users with older smartphones for the first time, thanks to a speedy upgrade from Google.

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The company has just revealed that its super-smart Google Assistant will start rolling out to “eligible” devices running its older Android Marshmallow and Nougat software today.

THE NEWS WAS UNVEILED IN A YOUTUBE VIDEO

The news was unveiled in a YouTube video, showing off the many useful functions that the Google Assistant can help you out with in everyday life.

Previously, only devices running Android 7.1 Nougat, including the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, were able to enjoy this great feature.

Users in the United States will be able to enjoy the update first, with the UK, Australia, Germany and Canada all following soon.

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More languages will be added to the Assistant in future updates, Google has confirmed.

The news was first revealed earlier this week at Mobile World Congress, although Google had not revealed an exact launch date until now.

There’s no physical list of which exact devices are ‘eligible’ for the update, but Google says “hundreds of millions of Android users” will get to enjoy the upgrade soon.

THE COMPANY ALSO ISNT ROLLING OUT THE UPDATE AS A PHYSICAL DOWNLOAD

The company also isn’t rolling out the update as a physical download, but rather releasing it as an update to Google Play Services, meaning you should see it pop up when opening the Google Play Store.

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Once downloaded, you can long-press your device’s home button to launch the Google Assistant.

Talking to the virtual Assistant takes the form of a text conversation, with speech bubbles displaying your questions and Google’s responses.

It’s fast – and, in our tests with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, rarely misunderstands you.

Unfortunately, Google Assistant is still missing a number of features that have long been staples of the Google Search, like the ability to recognise a song, reading your messages and adding items to a specific Google Keep list.

Hopefully Google will bring back this functionality in future updates.

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Kamil Arli

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