Google Assistant On Samsung Smart Watch

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I can’t wait for Google Assistant on my Galaxy Watch iv — here’s why

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch iv can sometimes feel like a keen Samsung device that forgets it’south supposed to be an Android wearable first. Samsung has long felt that its software, whether it be Samsung Pay, the Samsung Shop or even its Bixby assistant, should be what users of its phones opt in for. But that can experience at odds with the idea of Android, a gratuitous, Google-owned open-source operating arrangement that’s capable of running on almost any device.

That’due south a far cry from Apple’s tight-fisted command of both software and hardware, ensuring anyone who wants to exit their iPhone behind must also exit the company’s walled garden of apps, which includes Siri, Apple Fettle, iCloud and then forth. Information technology feels as if Samsung wants what Apple has: full vertical command.

But Samsung can’t pull the same trick, because it’s primarily a hardware-maker first. If Samsung could accept that same walled garden, then leaving Samsung for the upcoming OnePlus x Pro would exist a lot more challenging for users. Essentially, as long as Samsung continues to use Android, the company volition accept to accede to the open nature of the platform.

Now Samsung has appear that Google Assistant will finally be coming to the Galaxy Watch 4, the beginning truly bully Android habiliment on Google’southward newly redesigned and relaunched Vesture Os. The Galaxy Scout 4 currently sits atop our best smartwatches for Android listing. It’s been a long time coming, because the Watch 4 launched in August of 2021. Included with the announcement, ahead of the Milky way Unpacked 2022 issue which will probable reveal the Samsung Milky way S22, the visitor revealed a suite of new fitness features.

But Google Banana is but one app — why is it such a big deal? Well, for Milky way Spotter four owners like myself that continue to use the Google Assistant on their paired Android devices, in my example the Samsung Milky way Z Fold 3, it’s ludicrous to use two separate voice-activated assistants when one is better.

At present, I do desire to note that Bixby isn’t a bad voice assistant. Actually, this splendid comparison between Siri, Bixby and Google Assistant by YouTuber TechNick
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shows that Samsung’s assistant isn’t far behind. But information technology still did ultimately land third.

As someone who’s been using the Galaxy Watch four since around launch, the lack of Google Assistant hasn’t been frustrating, just confusing. I have a 4G plan on my watch, and there are times, whether information technology be when running or driving where saying “okay Google” would accept come in handy. Given the cramped nature of wearable devices, not having to type on tiny keyboards whenever possible is all-time. That’s doubly true when trying to apply one while operating heavy machinery.

Of course, if I need some virtual assistance, I tin can ever ask Bixby to find the nearest Taco Bell. But it’s not equally skilful every bit Google Assistant, and Bixby lacks the requisite “capsule” on the Watch 4 for navigation. Nonetheless, it’s disappointing that my stubborn desire to apply Google’s suite of apps on my Android device has been pushing up against Samsung’s stubbornness in wanting users to opt for its services. Information technology makes Android feel bipolar on Samsung devices and has me wishing more for a Google Pixel Fold and Google Pixel Picket combo.

Whether that happens remains uncertain. Until and so, I’ll exist eagerly awaiting the Galaxy Watch 4 update “in the coming months.”

Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, just until recently was News Editor at Tom’s Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has clustered bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men’due south Wellness Magazine, amidst others. Outside of work, yous tin find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying badly to write the starting time pages of a new book.