Yes, you read it correctly.
Google assistant, your personal virtual assistant is going to be available for Android tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat and 6.0 Marshmallow and phones running 5.0 Lollipop. So Lollipop user can also say “Ok, Google “ and ask any question, get answers and plan a day and much more offered by this service.
This was the minimum requirement for Google Assistant till now was as per support page.
Google Assistant is available in English (U.S., U.K., AU, CA, IN, and SG), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese (BR)
- Android 6.0 or higher
- Google app 6.13 or higher
- Google Play services
- 1.4 GB of memory and 720p screen resolution
Why is Google rolling out service for older Devices?
The latest Android version is 8.0 Oreo but still, there are a good number of people using an older version. As per google official source, 26.3% people still use Android Lollipop 5.0. So there are a good number of people missing this service and Google missing this much percentage of users.
This percent is not decreased that much since May. Check Android usage statistics as of May 2017.
Find more statistics at Statista
So this makes sense for Google to roll out Google Assistant for an older version and tablets.
As per official Google blog, release dates are,
Roll out date for Tablets
The Assistant on tablets will be rolling out over the coming week to users with the language set to English in the U.S. Nothing has said about other countries.
Rollout dates for Android 5.0
The Google Assistant on Android 5.0 Lollipop has started to roll out in to users with the language set to English in the U.S., UK, India, Australia, Canada and Singapore, as well as in Spanish in the U.S., Mexico and Spain. It’s also rolling out to users in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil and Korea. Once you get the update and opt-in, you’ll see an Assistant app icon in your “All apps” list.