The wait for Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 owners is finally over. Starting now, Google Assistant is accessible for download.
Google Assistant for Wear OS 3 may be downloaded from the Google Play Store and accessed from the app menu on the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. However, you may access Google Assistant with voice commands or configure the watch’s home button as a shortcut.
This upgrade has been in the works for quite some time. When Google and Samsung initially launched Wear OS 3, they claimed that the unified platform would provide Samsung wristwatch owners with additional app options. Previously, Bixby could only be used as a digital assistant on Samsung’s Tizen-based smartwatches. Wear OS 3 was supposed to allow users to select between Bixby and Google Assistant. Apps like Google Pay are in the same boat.
Since its introduction last year, the Galaxy Watch 4 has been missing Google Assistant. Despite consumer dissatisfaction, Google and Samsung have been coy about when Assistant will be available, stating only “coming soon.”
In the run-up to this year’s Google I/O, though, it was evident that the wait was coming to an end. In an update log at the end of April, Verizon inadvertently indicated Assistant was already accessible. (No, it wasn’t.) Samsung then released a teaser video on YouTube showcasing Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4 a few days later. Samsung then announced that Assistant will arrive “this summer” shortly after the Google I/O presentation earlier this month.
The only “surprising” aspect of today’s news is how quickly it arrived following I/O. (After all, it’s been less than two weeks since I/O, and summer hasn’t yet begun.) However, it makes sense that it will be released sooner rather than later. Google stressed during I/O that the upcoming Pixel Watch will contain additional Google services when it releases this fall — and it’s hard to picture a Pixel Watch without Assistant