Chrome 77 to feature Google Assistant enabled by default

Google’s dynamic AI Assistant may be soon arriving on Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices as early as September 10, based on a report by 9to5Google. A new commit has been posted to the Chromium Gerrit source code management where the alteration in question changes a single line related to “ChromeOSAssistant” which earlier read “FEATURE_DISABLED_BY_DEFAULT” and now reads that, at least in the experimental Canary Channel, that it is “ENABLED” by default.

Last year back in October, it was reported that Google was working hard on enabling Google Assistant on all Chrome OS devices. Many newer laptops and 2-in-1 tablets have been seen advertising the Google Assistant as a feature but older devices have had to wait. The writing that was on the wall though says, “Google Assistant is coming to all Chrome OS devices in the future and it would be enabled by default.”

The company has already been working to add seamless integration between its Android mobile OS and Chrome for quite some time now, in order to level the playing field in that area. With Assistant on board, users will be able to speak to their computer in a similar way to how they already are doing on the mobile OS’s, lining all Chromebooks up with the current software standard set by Google’s flagships.

XDA Developers reports, “9to5 Google seems to have spotted a commit in the Chromium Gerrit that shows the feature will be enabled by default with the release of Chrome OS 77. As of right now, this version of Chrome OS is slated for public stable release sometime in September of this year. Anyone who wants to test this out right now can install the Canary branch of Chrome OS on their device (as it’s currently on version 77).”


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