The launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 line was a big deal in that it brought back a partnership between Google and Samsung on Wear OS, something the platform desperately needed if it was to find new life. This partnership also meant that Google services were back on Samsung’s watches, including Google Assistant. As you all know after waiting months, neither the Galaxy Watch 4 nor the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic got an assistant and we were told in February that it could take several more months.
Today things seem to be changing, according to an update hitting the Verizon variants of the Galaxy Watch 4 line. An update has started rolling out as build QU1FVC8 and there’s a mention in the log of changes to where you can access Google Assistant.
Samsung has yet to announce Google Assistant is here, so stay with us as we try to update or find more information. However, the (very low-res) image included by Verizon (above) shows that Google Assistant is also an option to be enabled with the “Hey Google” activation. It only mentions that “If you have downloaded Google Assistant, it will appear in the settings menu under ‘Google Accounts'”.
The weird thing here is that Samsung released a similar update earlier in the month for other models like R870XXU1FVC8 which doesn’t mention Google Assistant in the changelog. Has Verizon taken the plunge here?
We were told in February that Google Assistant would appear on these Watch 4 devices as a standalone app that you need to download, so that makes sense. Of course, you will probably need this specific software update to add the above menu to your watch which will allow you to activate the assistant.
Once updated, all you need to do is open Google Play on your Watch 4 and find the Assistant. Either that or have it removed from your phone.
If you own a Verizon Galaxy Watch 4, let us know if you see this update. We would like to see this menu.