After nearly a year of waiting, we finally know when Google Assistant will arrive in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lineup. at ArticlesSamsung Executive Vice President Patrick Chomet announced that the much-anticipated feature will arrive this summer. As for the when This summer, than anyone’s guess.
Chomet writes that the Google Assistant on Wear OS 3 will enable “faster, more natural voice interactions” as well as the ability to search for quick answers on the go. He also indicated that it will be possible to control Spotify using the Google Assistant on the watch.
The Google Play Store was one of the main reasons why Samsung chose to work with Google to create a unified platform for Wear OS 3. Historically, Samsung smartwatches have been a way for it to push its ecosystem of products and services, including its Bixby voice assistant. The promise of Wear OS 3 was that Android users would have a greater say in which apps and aids they could use. So if you are someone who hates Bixby with the fire of a thousand suns, you can instead download the Google Assistant.
The only snag is that Google and Samsung haven’t been entirely clear about when the Google Assistant will arrive. In updates, both companies tend to use vague hints that can be summed up as, “It’s coming. Later.” For example, in February, Samsung released some new health features for the Galaxy Watch 4 and only noted that Google Assistant would arrive “in the coming months”. Just two weeks ago, Verizon accidentally released an update log that seemed to imply Google Assistant access – but that wasn’t actually the case.
The timing of this announcement is very logical. Not only did Google officially announce the Pixel Watch later this year, but it also indicated that other Google services will be arriving on the Wear OS platform. It includes Google Home and Google Wallet.
Today’s announcement, while vague, narrows at least that time frame. However, your interpretation of what counts as “summer” may not be the same as Google and Samsung. Many people tend to think of June, July, and August as the summer months. However, if you are going with the equinox and the winter solstice, then the summer of 2022 is set from June 21 to September 22. Also, with the Pixel Watch slated for this fall, it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw the arrival of Google Assistant at the end of the summer. So, you can expect Google Assistant relatively soon — though the speed is still up in the air.
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