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- At launch, Galaxy Watch 4 will be exclusively equipped with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant.
- Google Assistant seems to be an upgrade in the future.
- Samsung is cooperating with Google to launch various applications.
Although it is a collaboration model with Google’s Wear OS, Galaxy Watch 4 is only equipped with Samsung’s own voice assistant Bixby.This Android Authority The review unit is limited to Bixby. We asked Samsung about this, but it told us that it “has nothing to share” on the subject.
However, Google Assistant may be added in the future. Although Bixby is the only pre-installed option, the settings menu of Watch 4 includes an option to switch assistants. You can install Google Assistant through operating system updates or downloads from the Play Store.
related: Our complete guide to Google Assistant
Bixby is carried on many Samsung devices, but it has been difficult to popularize. Competitors like Assistant and Amazon Alexa are often the first choice because they have nothing to do with the platform and have undergone additional improvements over the years. Some Samsung mobile phone users deliberately use first-party or third-party tools to remap the Bixby button.
Samsung pointed out that it is working closely with Google to bring the latter’s application to Watch 4. This should include at least Google Pay, which is installed on the watch but hasn’t actually worked yet. Google has confirmed plans to support it with Samsung Pay, but it seems that there is development work to be done before the release date of Watch 4 on August 27.