Google’s Wear OS platform for smartwatches (formerly known as Android Wear) is set to see some key improvements implemented to the in-built Google Assistant AI system. Announced by Google in a blog post, the changes are aimed at making using your Wear OS-powered watch a bit more capable. The new features are set to be rolled out in the coming days through a firmware update to compatible Wear OS watches.
The first of these is smart suggestions, which provides contextual follow-up questions or requests to responses provided by Google Assistant on the smartwatch. An example of this is when you ask for a weather forecast; once the current weather for your location is provided, Google Assistant will then give you the option to see a weather forecast for the coming week. Contextual suggestions are already active on the full-fledged smartphone version of Google Assistant.
You’ll also now be able to hear responses, provided you have Bluetooth headphones connected to your watch, or if your watch has a loudspeaker. This is another feature that is already active on the smartphone version of Google Assistant, since it uses the speaker on your smartphone to provide the audible responses.
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Finally, all actions available on Google Assistant are available on Wear OS as well, and all smartwatches running Wear OS will now have the ability to function with all compatible actions. This includes various integrated services, which are designed to work with Google Assistant. There are over one million actions listed, which can work with partnered services, or also work with IoT devices such as smart appliances or a Google Home smart speaker.
Currently, there are a number of Wear OS smartwatches from various brands available, including Motorola, Asus, Huawei, LG, and various wristwatch and fashion brands such as Fossil, Tag Heuer and Emporio Armani.