Google Assistant has now come to Android phones beyond Google’s own Pixel. It’s a significant change to how Google’s previously offered search on mobile devices. It’s also the latest in a wide variety of ways people can search with Google on Android, as well as iPhone.
Google Assistant is Google’s next generation way of searching with Google. It’s a radical shift in particular because it forces people to speak their searches, rather than type. But the Google search app remains as an option for those who want a choice between spoken and typed searches. It’s just a bit more difficult to reach now, no longer a home button or icon push away.
Google Now, Google’s predictive search feature, remains active. But it’s no longer called Google Now and isn’t integrated into Google Assistant. It remains part of the separate Google search app.
If all this makes your head hurt, trying to figure out how to use Google on your phone, don’t worry. We have a full guide covering the many ways to Google on both Android and iPhone. See our full article on Search Engine Land.