After releasing a new version of Wear OS in conjunction with Samsung’s latest I/O, Google is back with more updates. At this year’s I/O Developer Conference, the company teased features coming to Android 13 and a new Google Wallet, as well as Emergency SOS coming to Wear OS. Google also shared that there are now three times as many Wear OS devices this year as there were last year, and new devices from Samsung, Montblanc, Mobvoi and Fossil are coming.
Google didn’t provide many details about these devices, although it later said other third-party apps were also coming to Wear OS, including SoundCloud and Deezer. Samsung posted a blog post sharing that Galaxy Watch 4 owners will soon be able to download the Google Assistant for “faster and more natural voice interactions, enabling quick responses and on-the-go assistance.”
The Galaxy Watch 4 will also get Spotify voice control through the Assistant, allowing them to change songs using their voice. Samsung has promised that more Google apps and services will be optimized for Galaxy Watches later this year.
Google also unveiled the Pixel Watch, which, unsurprisingly, will run the new Wear OS. It will also feature deep integration with Fitbit for better activity tracking, though further details on the device are scarce as the company prepares to launch it in the fall.
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