There was one notable omission when the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 lineup launched final 12 months: Google Assistant. As for when it might arrive, Google and Samsung have averted giving agency dates, however there was cause to hope the digital assistant may arrive before anticipated. Earlier today, Verizon replace logs for each the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic indicated Google had arrived in an replace. However, Google has instructed The Verge that this is not the case.
“To confirm, Assistant is not rolling out to Galaxy Watch 4 and we don’t have an update on timing,” Google spokesperson Ivy Hunt instructed The Verge in an e mail.
The Verizon replace logs, which have been first spotted by 9to5Google, refer to a software program replace launched today. As for Google Assistant, the logs say, “If you have Google Assistant downloaded, it will show up in the settings menu under ‘Google Accounts.’” There’s additionally a grainy screenshot exhibiting that you could head to Settings > Google > Google Assistant to entry setting toggles for the wake phrase and speech output.
Despite the report, The Verge was unable to verify the replace ourselves. We checked our Bluetooth and Wi-Fi evaluate items, and no Google Assistant replace had arrived. We additionally checked the Google Play Store. Nothing there, both. Given Google’s remark, it seems this complete factor might have been an enormous ole error.
We’ve reached out to Verizon and Samsung for additional clarification however did not instantly obtain a response.
The means to select between functions was a key spotlight when Google and Samsung introduced their Wear OS partnership final 12 months. Previous variations of the Galaxy Watch ran on Samsung’s proprietary Tizen working system. That meant customers have been shoehorned into utilizing Samsung-specific options like Samsung Pay and… Bixby. For Samsung, switching over to Wear OS was meant to broaden entry to third-party apps — a significant weak level of its Tizen smartwatches. Case in level, Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic house owners preferring Google Pay can now decide to use that as a substitute of Samsung Pay.
The Galaxy Watch 4 lineup nonetheless comes preinstalled with Bixby, Samsung’s personal digital assistant. Bixby is… Bixby. While some Samsung customers don’t thoughts Bixby, others have loudly expressed their distaste. Regardless of your emotions, Bixby is nowhere close to as well-liked as Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Meanwhile, Google Assistant has lengthy been one in every of the most helpful Wear OS options.
These are main the reason why Google Assistant’s arrival on Wear OS 3 is one in every of the most anticipated updates for the platform. While it’s not coming today, there’s an opportunity we’d hear one thing at subsequent month’s Google I/O. That mentioned, Samsung was purposefully obscure when it reassured customers in February that Google Assistant could be (*4*) At least that half doesn’t appear to have modified.