Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets

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The Google Assistant listing on the Play Store might only be a glorified shortcut, but it’s still one avenue for accessing the Assistant on supported devices. And, as of a few days ago, it was officially updated to support devices running Lollipop 5.0. Explicit Android tablet support was also added, which brings parity to today’s announcement that the Google Assistant is now supported on the iPad, too. 

Lollipop support might not seem like a big deal, but almost 25% of Android devices are still running Android 5.0/5.1 according to February’s platform distribution numbers.

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Google Assistant is rolling out to phones running Lollipop and tablets on Marshmallow or later

Google launched Assistant over a year ago with the original Pixel phones, but it expanded to more devices just a few months later. However, only phone with new-ish software were included. Starting now, Assistant is coming to more phones and (finally) tablets.

On devices that don’t have Assistant, long-pressing the home button opens the chronically underutilized and neglected Now On Tap screen. Of course, it’s called Screen Search now. That will be replaced by Assistant on phones running Lollipop, which were excluded from the initial rollout (it was Marshmallow and higher).

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Google Assistant spreading to Android tablets and phones running Lollipop

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Earlier this year, Google officially released Google Assistant to all Android phones running Marshmallow or higher. Now Google is spreading Assistant even farther.

Google Assistant is now available on tablets. Google says that it’ll be rolling out over the coming weeks to users in the U.S. with their language set to English.

Additionally, Google Assistant is making its way to more phones. Devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop can now get Google Assistant, too.

Assistant on Lollipop phones will be available to users with their language set to English in the U.S., U.K., India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore as well as users with their language set to Spanish in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

It’s great to see Google Assistant rolling out to Lollipop-powered devices. Assistant can make a lot of tasks easier, including checking the weather, answering questions, performing tasks, and more, and we know that there are still a lot of people using Lollipop, so giving Assistant to those people is a nice move by Google.

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Google Assistant finally arrives on Android tablets, also expands to phones running Lollipop

The Google Assistant started life as an exclusive to the original Pixel phones. It then got rolled out to every Android handset that runs Marshmallow or a newer version, and now it’s finally time for it to expand some more. First off, it’s in the process of being rolled out to even older phones, the ones that still run Lollipop. This rollout is ongoing for users with the language set to English in the US, UK, India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the US, Mexico, and Spain. You’ll get it if you’re in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea too. Once you receive…

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[Update: Hidden upcoming features discovered] Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download]

For anyone tied into Google’s ecosystem, storing and managing contacts is best done with the official Contacts app. The Android version recently saw some minor cosmetic changes, improving its already eye-pleasing material look, and the web interface has also employed the same consistent design language since the start of the year.

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Google Contacts is now officially available for all devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above [APK Download]

For anyone tied into Google’s ecosystem, storing and managing contacts is best done with the official Contacts app. The Android version recently saw some minor cosmetic changes, improving its already eye-pleasing material look, and the web interface has also employed the same consistent design language since the start of the year. Until recently, the app was only available on Google branded phones, but now compatibility has been extended.

As of the previous update, Google Contacts could only be downloaded through the Play Store if you had a Pixel, Nexus, Android One, or Google Play Edition device.

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Google Contacts app can now be installed on any Android device running Lollipop or newer

Today Google has made an app that was previously exclusive to its Nexus, Pixel, Android One, and Google Play Edition devices available for all Android phones and tablets running version 5.0 Lollipop or newer. We’re talking about the Google Contacts app, which is now downloadable from the Play Store even if you’re not part of the Nexus, Pixel, Android One, or Google Play edition clubs. It comes with Material Design and represents Google’s vision of what a Contacts app should be. Once you’ve installed it, you can use it instead of your phone’s built-in Contacts or People app if you find…

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Nova Launcher’s Google Now integration works on Lollipop too

One of the main downsides to using a custom launcher was that you couldn’t have an easily-accessible Google Now pane. While your feed is just a swipe away on the Google Now and Pixel Launchers, other applications were barred from using it due to API restrictions. That is, until the developer of Nova Launcher found a way around it by creating the ‘Nova Google Companion.’

The Google Companion APK enables the Google application to be debuggable, allowing Nova to integrate the Now Feed into a pane on your home screen.

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Samsung launches Galaxy J3 Pro in India… with Android 5.1 Lollipop

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Today Samsung announced that it has released the Galaxy J3 Pro in India. The phone is a low-to-midrange device with no exciting specifications to speak of, save one. It is launching with Android 5.1 Lollipop. This is noteworthy almost to the point of humor, as Lollipop is now two major updates behind and a year old.

There’s no telling if this is just a result of delays or an intentional move on Samsung’s part, but it’s surprising to see such an old version of Android on a new phone.

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