Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored three Wiley Companion series books. Last year we were impressed with the Samsung Google partnership and Samsung's efforts to integrate Wear OS into its smartwatches running its Samsung Exynos mobile processor. We then purchased and tested the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic and deemed it a worthy competitor to the Apple Watch. A few months ago Samsung released a major software update that improved health and wellness features, while also confirming to the public that Google Assistant was still in the works.
Google rolled out Android Wear, now called Wear OS, in 2014, with Samsung, LG, and Motorola the first companies to offer an official Google experience on your wrist. Samsung branched off into Tizen OS for many years, but as we just saw at Google I/O in 2021, Samsung and Google are partnering back up to release watches that share the best of both companies. While smartwatches today are heavily focused on detailed 24/7 health and wellness tracking, most also provide other advanced features, such as a companion Android application, touchscreen displays, call and/ or text messaging support, installable applications and watch faces, and voice assistants. In 2021, there are several powerful options available to help you get work done through a wearable device. Keep an eye on this sector in 2021 as we see results from the Samsung-Google partnership that could challenge the Apple Watch for the best smartwatch title.
Samsung is in need of a show-stopper phone after the fiasco of its Galaxy Note 7's exploding. Now, new rumours suggest that its upcoming Galaxy S8 will use its built-in AI assistant in all of the phone's pre-installed apps. The voice-guided assistant, reportedly named'Bixby', could be used for a wide variety of functions in a similar way to Apple's Siri. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will use its built-in AI assistant in all of the phone's included Samsung-made apps, reports suggest. For instance, the assistant could be used in the Gallery app to show photos of the beach.
Samsung has confirmed the firm will'soon' release a smart speaker designed to take on Amazon's Echo, Google's Home and Apple's HomePod. DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC a smart speaker was on the way. 'Maybe soon we will announce it. I am already working on it,' Koh said. 'As I mentioned I wanted to provide a fruitful user experience at home with Samsung devices, and I want to be moving quite heavily on it,' he added.