Google Assistant

Google suggested that it might launch Google Assistant for its Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P smartphones soon. But now, the feature made its way to non-Pixel users as well. Beta version of the latest Google Search app is now available on Google Play Store. The Beta version also brings the facility to add payment information to Google Assistant on improved offline search, Pixel smartphones and a Lite mode to the app.

The update gets the Google Assistant into action by long press of the home button. Just like now on tap on Pixel smartphones. However, the update is available in Pixel smartphones before.

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Google app’s beta update brings the Google’s digital assistant to Nexus 6P (running Android 7.1.1 Nougat) and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (running Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow). A dialogue box with the message “New! You just got the Google Assistant” appears on long-press of the home button. The setup process initiates voice training.

Reportedly, more than half of the Android smartphones have received the feature. While the criteria for receiving this feature is unknown now, the further updates of the feature may or may not be available for non-Pixel smartphones.

Furthermore, Google Search app v6.13 update allows users to pay for services with the help of its digital assistant. Google Life mode reformats the web pages to a simpler form and consumes fewer data. An improved offline search and a page of recent search topics are included in the update.

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The Google Search update does have some really serious performance issues as it is a beta version.