This week in tech history: Google Assistant is born

It’s hard to believe it’s only three years old.

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it’s also important to look back at how far we’ve come.

That’s what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, anniversaries and advances from the recent and not-so-recent past. This week, we’re looking at the Google Assistant, which was announced three years ago today.

It’s only been three years since Google first introduced the Google Assistant, the AI-powered helper through which the company wants users to access its vast stores of information. There are at least two reasons it feels like it’s been around much longer.

The first is that even before the Assistant arrived, you could say “OK Google” to Android phones and get quality voice-enabled search and access to content on your device. On the surface, the Assistant felt like a logical extension of those features, not something new.

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