SURPRISINGLY Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has a Google Assistant
Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Watch 4 and its Classic brother in August of last year, but Google Assistant has remained a glaring omission thus far. The wait is now over, as Samsung has begun to roll out Google Assistant to its most recent smartwatches.
In the United States and the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, Google Assistant is coming to Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 series. India is glaringly absent from the list, despite being a major market for Samsung. Google Assistant will be accessible as a separate app for the firm’s smartwatches soon, according to the company.
Once you’ve received the update, you can call the Assistant by saying “Hey Google” or programming the side button to bring up Google Assistant. Users of the Galaxy Watch 4 will have “access to both Bixby and Google Assistant,” according to Samsung’s blog post. However, it’s unclear whether Samsung’s in-house assistant will be fully removed from the wristwatch.
Samsung has spent over 10 months delivering the Google Assistant to its smartwatch, despite making promises months ago and leaving indications in the code. Despite the fact that the Galaxy Watch 4 pair runs software that combines Google’s Wear OS and Samsung’s Tizen OS for wearables, this is the case. With such close collaboration, it’s odd that the Galaxy Watch 4 lacks a crucial feature like Google Assistant.
A powerful rival greets a late arrival.
In the meantime, Google has introduced its own Pixel Watch, which, naturally, puts Google Assistant front and center. Google’s Rick Osterloh demonstrated Google Assistant executing chores on the Pixel Watch with simply a voice command at the Google I/O 2022 developer event a few weeks ago.
However, it’s uncertain whether the Galaxy Watch 4 will provide the same experience. The Google Assistant UI shown on the Galaxy Watch 4 in the video above, however, is not the same as the UI shown on the Pixel Watch in Google’s advertising material.
It’s worth mentioning that the Pixel Watch is said to have a Samsung Exynos 9110 processor with a co-processor, implying that the two smartwatches have the same technology. We’ll have to wait till the Pixel Watch launches later this year to see if the Galaxy Watch 4’s Google Assistant experience has been diluted.