OnePlus 3 and ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser are the first devices to receive an OTA update that brings the Google Assistant to the phones.
At the Mobile World Congress 2017, Google confirmed that the Google Assistant will be rolling out to all devices that are installed with Android Marshmallow and above. Well, here we are, with the OnePlus 3 running on the latest Android 7.0 Nougat while the ZenFone 2 Laser is still based on the older Android Marshmallow.
The Google Assistant has been bundled as an add-on in the newest version of the Google Play Services and Google App. As a result, one can still get these two apps installed on their Marshmallow or Nougat devices and immediately start enjoying the services of the Assistant. However, this process is a little tricky for the novice group, but it appears that it won’t be long before other devices start receiving the same treat as OnePlus 3 and ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser.
Several OnePlus 3 users have already reported receiving the new Assistant via an OTA update, but since these types of updates are usually slow and gradual, it might take some time before all users of this phone get access to the digital assistant.
As for the ZenFone 2 Laser, the update is coming in with build number 21.40.1220.2044 and according to the Taiwanese tech giant, the update brings an updated GMS APK, an indicator that the Google Assistant is on board. The update also adds a few other goodies for ZenFone 2 Laser users, including updating ASUSLauncher and a bunch of other apps.
If the OTA update hasn’t arrived on your OnePlus 3 or ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser just yet, you can head to Settings>About device>System update, where you should be able to manually download and install the latest software updates on either device.