Galaxy Watch 4 users can now start using Google Assistant on the device. In addition to being available in the app drawer, you can activate the Assistant via voice command and assign it to a long press of the home button. In addition, today’s update gives users access to Google Pay, Maps, and YouTube Music.
At Google I/O earlier this month, Samsung said Google Assistant support would be arriving on the device sometime this summer, so it’s coming sooner than some might have expected. Patrick Chomet, Samsung’s executive vice president of products and experience, noted that Assistant would enable “faster and more natural speech interactions.”
Samsung also said Spotify control will be available through Google Assistant and support for other third-party apps is on the way. Google apps and services will be optimized for the Galaxy Watch lineup later this year.
While Galaxy Watch 4 owners can sideload Google Assistant, official support should make it easier for most people to start using the feature. The move comes a year after it was announced that Samsung and Google will collaborate on Wear OS. Samsung is discontinuing the Tizen platform on its wearables and will be using Wear OS in the future.
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