This week at Google I/O 2022, Google confirmed the existence of its first smart watch which will arrive later in the year. But, Samsung, which is no slouch, has published a blog post which reveals that Google Assistant will be available on the Galaxy Watch 4 watch duo by summer.
The Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic were the first watches to run on the Wear OS platform jointly developed by Google and Samsung. Through this partnership, the watches come bundled with the Google Play Store, which means consumers now have access to more apps. Google Assistant, which some users cite as more useful than Samsung’s Bixby, is sorely lacking on watches.
After months of promises, a false alarm and an ad, Samsung finally has a timeline for when Google Assistant will come to the Galaxy Watch 4. Samsung says it’s opening up its ecosystem even more by allowing Galaxy Watch 4 owners to download Google Assistant. Users benefit from faster, more natural voice interactions for quicker responses and they can also control Spotify with Google Assistant.
Samsung also adds that still more Google apps and services will be optimized for its watches later this year. Samsung still doesn’t have a concrete date, and the summer schedule isn’t exactly helpful, given that summer officially starts in June and ends in September.
The next smart watches from Samsung are supposed to arrive in August, so it’s possible that’s when we’ll see Google Assistant on the South Korean giant’s watches.
Either way, it’s a slowdown to finally have a timeline. 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 last year, have made the Galaxy Watch 4 one of the best smart watches of the year and the experience will become even better with a new assistant.