users can now start using on the device. Along with being available in the app tray, you can trigger Assistant via voice command and assign it to a long press on the home button. In addition, today’s update offers users access to Google Pay, Maps and YouTube Music.
During Google I/O earlier this month, Samsung Google Assistant support would arrive on the device sometime this summer, so it’s arriving earlier than some may have expected. Patrick Chomet, Samsung’s executive vice president of products and experience, noted that Assistant would allow for “faster and more natural voice interactions.”
Samsung also said Spotify control will be available via Google Assistant and support for other third-party apps is on the way. Google apps and services will be optimized for the Galaxy Watch lineup will later this year.
While Galaxy Watch 4 owners are able to sideload Google Assistant, official support should make it easier for most folks to start using the feature. The move comes a year after it emerged that Samsung and Google are . Samsung is phasing out the Tizen platform on its wearables and will use Wear OS going forward.