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    March 17, 2017

    Google Assistant won’t be arriving on Android tablets

    Google Assistant tablets

    A new statement from Google has revealed that Google Assistant will not be released on tablets at any point in the near future.

    It would seem that tablets are a dying race, populated by iPads and the elder slab you’re probably still holding on to – at least, that seems to be Google’s assumption, given that a new statement indicates that Google Assistant will be locked to phones for the foreseeable future.

    Google Assistant made headlines earlier this month in the fact that Google proceeded to release its Pixel-deadlock and roll out the intelligent assistant to all devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher.

    Read: Assistant is rolling out to Android 6.0+, but could it come to the iPhone?

    Subsequently, such Android devices with compatible language and region settings can now download Assistant by updating Google Play Services. Curiously, that has only extended to mobile phones, and not tablets.

    Android Police reached out to Google for comment in this regard, and have been summarily met with a statement that reads “The Assistant will be available on Android Marshmallow and Nougat phones with Google Play Services, this does not include tablets.”

    Little light has been shed on Google’s decision to limit Assistant to mobile phones and Google Home up until now, and seems to be indicative of the fact that the Mountain View company has been seeking to avoid outcry from devoted tablet users who were looking forward to using Assistant.

    One major reason for limiting the release of Google Assistant to mobile phones could be the fact that, considering the declining number of tablet sales and the propensity of consumers to subsequently leave their tablets at home, the company wishes to avoid cannibalizing sales of its homebound control center, Google Home.

    Read: LG’s new Watch Sport and Style will get Assistant

    What are your thoughts? Would you like to be able to use Google Home on your tablet rather than solely on your smartphone? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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