What you need to know
- Samsung has released a new ad to promote the Galaxy Watch 4.
- The ad focuses on Google Pay, but includes a clip of a user activating Google Assistant with his voice.
- Google has previously said the app would be available on the Galaxy Watch 4 “in the coming months.”
Google Assistant is probably one of the most in-demand features on the Galaxy Watch 4. The company is set to launch the assistant sometime soon, but has recently teased its release in a new ad.
The ad, seen on Reddit (via 9to5Google), has been published in a few countries, including Spain, and focuses on the Google Pay app. It’s a little strange that Samsung would promote Google’s service over its own, but the most interesting part of the ad is the inclusion of Google Assistant on the Galaxy Watch 4.
At the beginning of the ad, the user speaks into his watch to summon Google Assistant, which appears briefly in action. They tell the assistant to “play music on YouTube Music”, which starts playing on the watch through the user’s Galaxy Buds. You can see the full 15-second ad below:
Google Assistant is still not available on the Galaxy Watch 4, but its inclusion in the ad suggests that it might arrive sooner rather than later. When Google announced in February that it would be coming to Samsung’s Wear OS 3 watch, it indicated that the redesigned Google Assistant would be available as an app to download from the Play Store and arrive “in the coming months.” It’s been almost three months since that announcement, and all indications are that it’s close.
Earlier this month, Verizon released an update to the Galaxy Watch 4 that incorrectly included Google Assistant support in its release notes. It was eventually taken down, but not before several publications noticed. The release notes described in detail the process of enabling “Hey Google” wake word and speech output.
The Galaxy Watch 4 continues to be one of the best Android smartwatches, and the addition of Google Assistant is likely to delight many users who are not crazy about Bixby. That said, it seems like it’s just a matter of time.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Samsung’s already amazing Galaxy Watch 4 will soon be much better thanks to the inclusion of Google Assistant. Until then, you can enjoy its smart performance and wealth of health and fitness tracking features.