|Available in||English, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese|
|Type||Intelligent personal assistant|
Assistant initially debuted as part of Google's messaging app Allo, and its voice-activated speaker Google Home. After a period of exclusivity on the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, it began to be deployed on Android platforms in February 2017, including third-party smartphones and Android Wear.
Google Assistant was unveiled during its Google I/O keynote on May 18, 2016, as part of the unveiling of the Google Home smart speaker and new messaging app Allo; Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained that Assistant was designed to be a conversational and two-way experience, and "an ambient experience that extends across devices". Later that month, Google assigned Google Doodle leader Ryan Germick and hired former Pixar animator Emma Coats to develop "a little more of a personality."
For system-level integration outside of the Allo app and Google Home, Google Assistant was initially exclusive to the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. In February 2017, Google announced that it had begun to enable access to Assistant on Android smartphones running Android Marshmallow or Nougat, beginning in selected English-speaking markets. Android tablets will not be receiving the Assistant as part of this rollout. The Assistant is integrated in Android Wear 2.0, and will be included in future versions of Android TV and Android Auto.
Google Assistant, in the nature and manner of Google Now, can pull information, check weather, etc. Unlike its brethren, however, it can engage in a two-way conversation, using Google's natural language processing algorithm. Search results are presented in card format that users can tap to open the page.
Google Assistant can maintain a shopping list; this was previously done within the notetaking service Google Keep, but this feature was moved to Google Express and the Google Home app in April 2017, resulting in a severe loss of functionality enabled by its hosting through Google Keep.
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