How to Check if Your Phone Has Google Assistant and How to Launch It
Google Assistant is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Google and announced at Google I/O in May 2016. Unlike Google Now, Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations.
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. (Source: Wikipedia).
Since this tool is being deployed in batches, it is possible that your phone may have this feature without you knowing, especially if you recently upgraded your phone.
This feature is only available for Android Marshmallow and Android Nougat users.
Luckily, checking if your phone has this function is quite simple and here is how to do it...
The first step is to go into the Google App on your phone.
When the Google App is open, tap on the menu section on the top right section and from the toggle screen select the ‘Settings’ option. If you have Google Assistant on your phone, you will see it as the first option in the settings page as can be seen on the photo below (left). If Google Assistant isn’t available, you will see the settings page without it as the right photo.
How to launch the Google assistant...
Luckily also, launching the Google assistant function is quite easy. All you have to do is to press and hold the home button on your phone and the Google assistant will pop up. 🙂
**I started using smartphones when they were "dumbphones"**