The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 line was a giant deal in that it introduced again a partnership between Google and Samsung on Wear OS, one thing the platform desperately wanted if it have been to seek out new life. That partnership additionally meant Google providers again on Samsung’s watches, together with Google Assistant. As you all know after ready for months, neither the Galaxy Watch 4 or Galaxy Watch 4 Traditional have had Assistant and we have been advised again in February that it is likely to be a number of extra months.
At the moment, issues look like altering, in accordance to an replace hitting the Verizon variants of the Galaxy Watch 4 line. An replace has begun rolling out as construct QU1FVC8 (R885USQU1FVC8) and there’s a point out within the changelog of the place you possibly can entry Google Assistant.
Samsung has not but introduced that Google Assistant is right here, so grasp with us whereas we try to replace or discover extra information. Nevertheless, the (very low-res) picture Verizon included (above) reveals Google Assistant as being an choice to activate with “Hey Google” activation as properly. It solely mentions that “You probably have Google Assistant downloaded, it would present up within the settings menu below ‘Google Accounts.’”
The odd factor right here is that Samsung launched a comparable replace earlier within the month to different fashions as R870XXU1FVC8 or R890XXU1FVC8 that doesn’t point out Google Assistant within the changelog. Did Verizon bounce the gun right here?
We have been advised in February that Google Assistant would present up on these Watch 4 units as a stand-alone app that you just’d must obtain, so this is smart. In fact, you’re doubtless going to want this particular software program replace to be able to add the menu above to your watch that may allow you to flip Assistant on.
As soon as up to date, all you must have to do is open Google Play in your Watch 4 and discover Assistant. Both that or have it pulled out of your cellphone.
In case you personal a Verizon Galaxy Watch 4, tell us for those who see this replace. We’d like to to see that menu.
- UPDATE: At the least one in all our readers was in a position to seize the brand new replace, however nonetheless will not be capable of finding Google Assistant. Since Verizon says that you need to have “downloaded” Google Assistant, that would imply that we’re nonetheless ready for Google to publish it for the watches. This may very well be a state of affairs the place Verizon was a bit early, even when that is the replace that may carry Assistant help. And now we’re merely ready once more.
- UPDATE 2: Verizon has now pulled the point out of Google Assistant and Google advised The Verge that “Assistant will not be rolling out to Galaxy Watch 4 and we don’t have an replace on timing.”