What you need to know
- Google Assistant won't be available on the Galaxy Watch 4 at launch.
- Samsung has said that the AI assistant will arrive at a later date, although it did not specify when.
- The Galaxy Watch 4 will have Bixby by default, similar to previous Samsung smartwatches.
With the Galaxy Watch 4 finally out of the bag, Samsung and Google have both highlighted how Wear OS 3 is bringing new app experiences to the platform. However, the companies have remained mostly mum on the subject of one pretty important experience: Google Assistant.
In our initia Galaxy Watch 4 hands-on, Samsung told Android Central that Bixby would be the default on the smartwatch, at least initially. The company said that it would give Watch 4 owners the ability to choose between the two AI assistants, although it would not say when it would happen.
It may seem odd that Google Assistant isn't present on a Wear OS device despite it being pretty much built into the platform on the best Wear OS watches. Especially considering that Samsung gives users a choice between other Google apps and services over its own, like Google Pay.
As recent as last week, there had been rumors that the company would give users the ability to choose between the two assistants, and while that apparently remains true, it seems we'll have to wait some time before that becomes a reality.
We've reached out to Google for additional details, but a representative declined to comment.
For now, users will just have to put up with Bixby, but it may not be long before the two assistants start fighting for your attention as they do on the best Samsung phones.
Wear OS at its best
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Teamwork makes the Wear OS dream work
The Galaxy Watch 4 is the first smartwatch to run the new Wear OS powered by Samsung. It has access to new experiences from Google, such as a revamped Google Maps and Google Pay, and will eventually have access to Google Assistant for the best in AI.
Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
After all these features it will or will not have, this watch is feeling more like a beta product.
It pretty much is. That's not necessarily bad, though. As long as everything works stably.
As long as it has Google pay, I can deal with Bixby for a few months. I suppose.
Battery life seems disappointing... Waiting for a reviews before deciding whether or not to replace my Galaxy Watch...
Exactly where I'm at on the battery. And I was really looking forward to Google Assistant. Ugh
"I'm afraid HOPE is an indulgence I don't have time for..." -Harry Lennix as Commander Lock in "The Matrix: Revolutions"
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