What you need to know
- The May 2022 security patch for Samsung's Galaxy Watch 4 has begun to arrive in the United States.
- With no major changes, Samsung has fixed minor bugs and improved the overall performance of the smartwatch.
- However, Google Assistant support is still missing from the most recent update.
Samsung has started pushing a new update to the Galaxy Watch 4 (opens in new tab) in the United States, bringing with it the May 2022 security patch and a few improvements.
The latest update, which comes in at around 100MB, improves the system stability and reliability of the smartwatch (via SamMobile (opens in new tab)). In its changelog (opens in new tab), Samsung also mentions "stabilization codes for watch operation" in its changelog, though it's not clear what that's for.
Beyond that, the update makes no significant changes to the wearable device. This means that the smartwatch still lacks the Google Assistant (opens in new tab) support you've been hoping for.
Verizon prematurely referenced the voice assistant (opens in new tab) in the changelog for the smartwatch's update late last month. It turned out that the feature was not enabled, and the carrier was quick to remove any mention of Assistant from the changelog.
Anyway, if a recent ad by Samsung is any indication (opens in new tab), the digital assistant will be available soon on Samsung's best Android smartwatch (opens in new tab). It showed a clip of a user activating Assistant with their voice. Google also previously said that the app would be available on the Galaxy Watch 4 "in the coming months."
The most recent update carries firmware version R870XXU1FVD4. If you're based in the U.S., you should be able to download it via the Galaxy Wearable app. Users from other territories should expect to receive the update soon.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
If you're looking for one of the best smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch 4 is hard to beat. Not only is this the only Wear OS 3 watch available, but it also has deep integration with your favorite Android phones for fitness tracking, app support, and everything in between.
Jay Bonggolto always keeps a nose for news. He has been writing about consumer tech and apps for as long as he can remember, and he has used a variety of Android phones since falling in love with Jelly Bean. Send him a direct message via Twitter or LinkedIn.
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