Google Assistant launched last year as a Pixel exclusive, leaving the rest of use to wallow in the depths of peasantry with Google Now. Now, though, Google has announced it's coming to all Android devices running Marshmallow or above.
It's not really a surprise, since Google wants as many people using its virtual assistant as possible, and nobody is going to buy a Pixel just for an AI helper. It does steal a little bit of thunder from the LG G6, which announced it would have Assistant support earlier today. So no more hacking it onto your phone to try and make the most of it.
According to Google, Assistant will start rolling out to Marshmallow and Nougat devices in the US over the course of the next week. Australia, the UK, and Canada will soon follow, as will the German language version. It'll be replacing the Google search function in its entirety, but should still launch in the same way.