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Google Assistant on Wear OS gets smart suggestions and Assistant Actions

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Google gave Android Wear a big facelift this March after rebranding it to Wear OS, and while the logo and branding are all-new, the operating system as a whole has mostly remained the same.

That's now starting to slowly change, however, with a few updates to make Google Assistant more powerful.

There are three big things coming to Assistant on Wear OS, the first of those being smart suggestions. These are pre-populated responses you can tap on after asking a question to the Assistant, allowing you to easily get more contextual info.

For example, after asking the Assistant about the weather, you'll see options for "weather tonight", "weather tomorrow", etc.

Also new is the addition of Assistant Actions. These have been available on Google Home and phones for some time, and they allow you to tap into more apps, control additional smart home gadgets, and more.

Last but not least, you'll now be able to have the Assistant read responses out loud through your watch's speaker or a pair of connected Bluetooth headphones.

Google says these features will be rolling out to all Wear OS watches over the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

Android Wear needs way more than just a Wear OS rebrand

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

8 Comments
  • Meanwhile Gear S3 users will still be trying to get S-Voice to recognise a simple command
  • Getting better
  • This is making me want a Wear OS device now to compare to my Gear S3.
  • S voice, bixby, whatever it's called this month still sucks big time.
  • Wear OS is horrible. Since the upgrade my watch is nonstop rebooting everyday. My battery won't last half a day anymore
  • All of this is welcome. But and you know there was a but. The real thing we need for all this is real improved hardware. I hope and pray that Google will unveil new hardware and with an modern SoC in the watch. Otherwise all this is is lipstick on a pig.
  • Which SoC?? there is none iinm
  • As much as I like Wear OS I couldn't agree more. Very little has changed in that department in years.