Galaxy Watch 4 owners have been waiting for Google Assistant since Samsung launched the wearable with just Bixby last year, and support officially launched today.
Google gave the first official preview of the Assistant running on Galaxy Watch 4 in February. There’s a new design that takes inspiration from the Pixel phone experience. Launching with “Hey Google” opens a full-screen user interface with a black background and a four-color light bar at the bottom that reacts to voice input.
The Assistant logo also appears briefly with the message “Hello, how can I help you?” prompt, while the hour appears curved at the top. In addition to this, the results UI has also been modernized with optimized background blurring.
Starting today, Galaxy Watch4 users will also be able to download Google Assistant to their devices to access quick and more natural voice interactions, quick answers to questions, and on-the-go help.
Compared to what was previously available on Wear OS 2, Google is touting “faster than ever response times”. From our brief usage today, the voice transcription appears to be processed on-device and appears almost instantly. Available actions include asking what’s next on your calendar, setting timers, playing music, calling contacts, and sending messages.
Before vs after
Interestingly, Galaxy Watch 4 users are simply prompted to update a new “Assistant” app that appears in the Google Play > My Apps list. (You can also search for it in the Play Store on the watch.) After downloading the latest version, Google Assistant will appear as a new icon in the app launcher.
Launch prompts you to “Enable Google Assistant on your watch”, with users directed to their phones to complete the lengthy process.
- Activate the Google Assistant.
- Access your assistant with “Hey Google” and accept Voice Match.
- Audio recording is your choice.
- Get personalized results on your watch.
- Talk to your Assistant with a button.
In addition to the application icon and the key word, the assistant can be activated via a hardware key: application Settings > Advanced functions > Customize keys. It appears under “Double tap” or “Press and hold” of the home key. You can enable/disable “Hey Google” and “Voice output” in Settings > Google > Assistant.
Google Assistant will be available in 10 markets including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, UK and US. It will also support 12 languages, including Danish, English (American, Canadian, British, Australian, Irish), Japanese, Korean, Spanish, French (Canadian, French), and Taiwanese.
With this launch, Google has completed the rollout of all new/updated proprietary apps (YouTube Music, Google Pay, and Maps) announced alongside Wear OS 3 at I/O last year. Fitbit will debut the Pixel Watch this fall.
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