Galaxy Watch 4 users can now start using Google Assistant 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 said 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 is all set to announce new products this week and in advance of Unpacked, the company announced a significant software update for the Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic. The Galaxy Watch 4 is a compelling smartwatch with its Google partnership and captures a significant amount of data. The new software update provides users with insights into the body composition function and enhancements to sleep coaching. The Galaxy Watch 4 already serves as a solid GPS sports watch with VO2 Max, advanced running metrics, and more. This new software update brings interval training for runners and cyclists in custom training sessions so you can improve your running and biking performance.
You might not have to wait long to see the first Samsung smartwatch using the reworked Wear OS. The Verge reports that OnLeaks and GizNext have published renders of what they say is the Galaxy Watch Active 4, Samsung's next fitness-minded wearable and its first watch of any kind that would use the new Wear OS. It doesn't look like a radical break from the Active 2 (no, there wasn't an Active 3), but it would have "very narrow" bezels and come in more shades that include black, green, silver and an apparently rose-tinted gold. The Active 4 would reportedly use a new 5-nanometer processor, although it's not clear if this would deliver any performance or battery life gains. Samsung will supposedly reveal the Galaxy Watch Active 4 alongside the new Wear OS at its virtual Mobile World Congress event on June 28th. It's not certain just when you could buy the product.
On Monday, Samsung held a virtual event for Mobile World Congress where it showed off an all-new smartwatch interface: One UI Watch. Built in partnership with Google, it creates a more unified experience between the company's Galaxy smartwatches and Android phones. One UI Watch comes only a short while after Google announced it was joining forces with Samsung and merging the two companies' smartwatch operating systems -- Wear OS and Tizen, respectively. While we have yet to see what the new operating system looks like, this new interface gives us somewhat of an idea. Available on the next-generation Galaxy Watch, which Samsung confirmed will be available later this summer, the new UI allows for the watch to reflect what's on your Android phone.
SAVE $50: The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is on sale for only $149.99 at Walmart as of Aug. 13 -- that's 25% off its $199.99 ICYMI, Aug. 11's Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event didn't just bring us some new Galaxy Watch features -- it ushered in a whole new Galaxy Watch era. The standard Galaxy Watch will be succeeded by the stainless steel Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, while the fitness-oriented Galaxy Watch Active is soon ditching that moniker to simply become the smaller, sweatproof Galaxy Watch 4. You'll need to keep two things in mind if you're interested in ordering one: First, they're both set for an Aug. 27 release (alongside two new foldable phones and some very good noise-canceling earbuds). If either of those price tags winds up being a little too steep for your budget, fret not: The original Galaxy Watch Active from 2019 is still a stellar wearable, and it just so happens to be on sale for cheap at Walmart in the wake of those new models' debuts. As of Aug. 13, you could head on over to the big box store to score a 40mm Galaxy Watch Active in rose gold for only $149.99 -- that's 25% off its suggested retail price of $199.99, which works out to a $50 savings.