If you're the owner of a Chromebook, which is not Google Pixelbook, and has been jealous in view of the premium device's exclusive Google Assistant support, your waiting time has been translated. The latest version of Chrome OS on the Dev channel provides assistant to the Chromebook masses.
Last month, we reported about Android Pie coming to Chrome OS along with a newly updated user interface. We later discovered that this web-powered version of the assistant should come to "all Chromebooks", including those who did not support Android, and started with devices on the (highly experimental) channel. No longer will Pixelbook and Pixel Slate have exclusive access to the assistant.
Now, as mentioned by Chrome Unboxed, the new assistant rolls out to devices on the Dev Update Channel. It is important to note that while the Kanari Channel is updated nightly, the limited test means that it is usually not recommended for the average user. The Dev Channel is updated weekly and provides a taste of upcoming features without excessive stability. Dev channel is not without a problem and if you ever decide to switch back to Stable or Beta, the device will be deleted .
If you still want to venture into unstable wilds of pre-release Chrome OS, switching to Dev channel is easy. Open the Settings app, click "About Chrome OS" and then "Detailed Building Information", "Change Channel" and finally select Developer Channel.
When your device is updated to the latest Dev channel release, the assistant settings are still hidden behind a flag. Open Chrome and your head to "chrome: // flag". From there, "Assistant" enters the search box, and you'll find the "# enable-native-google assistant" flag. Enable that flag and restart the device. After that, the Settings app will have a new option to actually enable the Google Assistant.
Not all Dev channels have received the Assistant update yet, so be sure to post a comment below to tell us if it works on Chromebook or not.
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