The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic were the first wearables to run on Google and Samsung’s jointly developed Wear OS platform. Thanks to the partnership, the watches will ship with Google’s Play Store, giving consumers access to more apps. The watches lacked the Google Assistant, which some users say is more useful than Samsung’s Bixby.
After months of promises, a false alarm, and an ad, Samsung finally has a timeline for when Google Assistant comes to the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung says it is opening up its ecosystem even further by letting Galaxy Watch 4 owners download the Google Assistant. Users can take advantage of faster and more natural voice interactions for faster responses, and they can also control Spotify with Google Assistant.
Samsung also adds that even more Google apps and services will be optimized for its watches later this year. Samsung still doesn’t have a concrete date and the daylight saving time frame isn’t really helpful as summer officially starts in June and ends in September.
It’s rumored that Samsung’s next smartwatches will arrive in August, so it’s possible we’ll see Google Assistant on the South Korean giant’s watches then.
Anyway, it’s a relief to finally have a timetable. A faster chip, a new design, health-tracking features and, of course, the new Wear OS platform, which Samsung notes is now three times more popular than it was last year, have made the Galaxy Watch 4 one of the best smartwatches of the year and the experience gets even better with a new assistant.