MWC 2017: Google Assistant Expands Beyond Pixel to New Android Smartphones

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    Google today announced that its AI helper, Google Assistant, will begin rolling out to users with smartphones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Previously, the company's AI assistant was exclusive to the Pixel smartphone, Google Home, the Google Allo app, and Android Wear devices.

    Google Assistant will first arrive to English users in the United States this week, followed soon after with an English debut in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Support for German speakers will be coming soon, and Google said that it will "continue to add more languages over the coming year." Users with eligible Nougat and Marshmallow devices will automatically gain Google Assistant through Google Play Services.

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    A few new smartphones will be incorporating Google Assistant from the get-go as well, like the LG G6 and some other "newly announced partner devices." Sony, Huawei, Samsung, and HTC are all listed as companies with Android smartphones that will support Google Assistant.

    With the expansion of Google Assistant to more smartphone lines, as well as a future launch on TVs and in cars, Google is continuing to bolster the Assistant's competition against Apple and Siri. Many smartphone vendors are reported to be doubling down on artificial intelligence features for smartphones debuting in 2017 and beyond, including Apple with the "iPhone 8" and an update to Siri that is said to bring more "enhanced" capabilities to the personal assistant.

    In its announcement post, Google said that its ultimate goal "is to make the Assistant available anywhere you need it." Google's hope for an AI future was highlighted at a media event in October where it unveiled Google Home, the Pixel smartphone, and more, while connecting everything to its artificial intelligence initiatives.

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  2. canny macrumors regular

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    The iPhone was 5 years ahead of the rest of the world. Tim Cook has thrown it all away.
     
  3. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended

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    Did anyone believe that Google would only keep it on a single phone?
     
  4. Abazigal macrumors G4

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    Google had probably intended to at the start to better differentiate the Pixel, but when they saw other OEMs retaliating by bundling Alexa, Google realised that they held far less leverage over their own platform than they realised.

    This represents the lesser of two evils, but either way, the god has bled and now sharks are swimming in the water.
     
  5. travwill macrumors newbie

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    Honestly Siri kinda sucks compared to the other options now. She is good for setting an alarm and that's about it IMHO.

    If the iPhone 8 isn't revolutionary, I'm switching away to Google.
     
  6. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Why wait?

    I recently switched from iOS to Android (Google Pixel) and the only complaint I have is that I didn't do it sooner.
     
  7. nviz22 macrumors 603

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    They never did. There were two phones with the Google Assistant. Now, many phones will offer the Assistant.
     
  8. Col4bin macrumors 68000

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    It's funny because I just switched back to the iPhone 7 Plus from a Nexus 6. While Apple's hardware and iOS is top of the line IMO, Siri is a dog compared to the Google app's voice command function.
     
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  10. sorgo macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a huge potential privacy nightmare to me.
     
  11. MH01 Suspended

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    Or it was intended as a killer feature for one phone to push sales that would become the standard for the os....Siri 4S?
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    How would you compare the pixel to iPhone ? I've tried a few galaxy models in the past and the experience was just not there. The closest I liked were the S6 and S7 edge , though i own both of those they are just collectors editions, so never use them.
     
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    Well, the NSA and other intelligence services could already turn your normal landline or any normal cell phone into a microphone decades ago. All Internet traffic is fetched directly from the backbone routers anyway, they don't necessarily need direct access to anybody's computer or phone to know what you're doing. So these assistants do not potentially add more to the mix than there already was. There never was any privacy on the Internet to begin with...
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    Once you've worked with Amazon's Alexa, you don't want to use any of the other assistants anymore. And since Alexa is an open and developer friendly platform, we will be hearing a lot more of her in the future.
     
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    It's in Apple's best interest to limit Alexa and out do Amazon/Google simultaneously. Taking on two competitors provides iOS users with a competent AI. However, the Tim Cook era is "profits first even if you fall behind." It took till iOS 10 and the iPhone 7/7+ to get Siri open for more developers.
     
  14. v0lume4 macrumors 68000

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    Still waiting for Siri on my iPad 2. :D
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    I'm not at all intending to hijack your question to @yg17. Just wanted to add in my two cents in hopes that it'd be beneficial to you. :)

    I switched from an iPhone to a Nexus 6P (so, not even the latest and great Pixel, mind you) and am really enjoying myself thus far. As a matter of fact, my friend (iPhone owner) asked me over the weekend "If somebody offered you a brand-new iPhone 7 right now, would you take it?" My answer was no. After now using Android for a month (month and a half?), I realize that, in it's current iteration, I have no interest in returning to iOS. Google Now is remarkable. It automatically serves me news based on my interests, serves me a route home from work (with ETA times), serves me weather, as well as intelligently serves me information on locations/restaurants that I walk into. Not to mention the brilliant "Ok, Google" voice recognition which allows me to do a Google search for anything (not a Bing search, which Siri uses). Sharing options within apps as well as notifications are handled far better than in iOS as well.

    Anyway, to answer your question -- an Android is not an iPhone. And I believe that a lot of people try Android expecting it to be the same and -- obviously -- end up disappointed because their unrealistic expectation wasn't met. But if you're willing to give Android a try for an extended period of time and use all of it's features, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how much MORE Android does for you than iOS. It's what happened to me.

    Also, I highly HIGHLY recommend using stock Android (like you'd get with the Pixel) for the absolute best experience.
     
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    It is. But the changes are coming sooner than later. And with a team of hired engineers to revamp it, I have a feeling it's going to bring some fairly personal, more unique changes.
     
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    Cheers for that. Now very tempted to give the pixel a go. My 6s plus battery is shot, so deciding between an iPhone 7 or pixel
     
  17. v0lume4 macrumors 68000

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    What carrier are you on?

    If you want my honest opinion, get an Android phone that doesn't cost $800, just in case you aren't satisfied. The OnePlus 3T is a phone nearly as good as the flagship $800 Android phones, at about half the price (the reason I asked about your carrier was because the OnePlus doesn't work on Verizon).

    I myself got my used Nexus 6P on eBay for $360.

    Get a phone that you can keep a month and really try out. The 14-day return period isn't quite enough if you ask me.
     
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    Cheers for the advice. I'm on three in the UK.
     
  19. nviz22 macrumors 603

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    It's probably not enough since the others are getting better and offer lower price points.
     

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