Google Assistant is now available on Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4- Technology News, Firstpost
FP StaffMay 24, 2022 11:43:27 IST
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was due for an update so that it would support Google Assistant for a long time. Samsung’s effort to integrate its own personal assistant, Bixby, has been met with mixed reactions, with a vast majority of Galaxy device users refusing to do so. Needless to say, Bixby was a disaster for Samsung.
Given that Samsung and Apple are both planning to acquire Apple and have been working on a joint plan to do the same, we saw the two come together for the latest Galaxy Watch, which features a hybrid version of Google’s wearable operating system that the companies will launch. baptized, “Carry OS powered by Samsung.” It was a return to the OS after nearly a decade of focus on the open-source Tizen, which now offers a sort of hybrid approach between the two.
The deal meant Samsung’s devices dramatically improved their access to third-party apps through the Play Store, while Wear OS received a major boost in market share ahead of the Pixel Watch’s release.
Another benefit of the Samsung-Google partnership, especially for users, is the increased access to Google’s services on Samsung’s wearable devices. Galaxy Watch 4 owners can now download and use Google Assistant on their wrist, bringing enhanced voice commands to the small screen.
That said, Bixby is still going to stick around, at least until the next Galaxy Watch comes out this year.
Google has no doubt promised Samsung to pay more attention to Wear OS, which has largely taken off in a market dominated by a single player, the Apple Watch.
It will be interesting to see how this partnership plays out and evolves when Google finally launches its own Pixel Watch at their fall event along with the Pixel 7 series. Google hopes to tackle Apple directly and emerge as the de facto Android smartwatch. Whether they will be able to convince new smartwatch buyers, and more importantly, convert Apple Watch users. If not, it will likely eat up Samsung’s share of the wearables market.