General Official Google Assistant For GW4 Available

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Update your Galaxy Wear app and then go to Play Store on your GW4. Select My Apps and update Assistant. Then go to Watch Settings and set your default assistant app to Google Assistant. Thennnnn, you'll find the GA icon as a launchable app or you can set your press and hold button to Google Assistant to launch it that way and begin activation. Activation requires connection between your watch and phone to link GA. Activation will ask if you want to use personal results and voice match on your watch. Done.

GA can be launched using voice or hardware keys. To customize GA settings, Go into watch settings or Wear app on phone. Look for the Google settings (it has its own submenu) where your Google account info is located. There's a new setting available for GA there to customize Hey Google and other GA specific settings.

Turning off Hey Google significantly reduced battery drain I noticed. With the GW4, one day of battery life is the best we can hope for and that's not including sleep. If you want to make it throughout the day, you can have either Health sensors going off continuously or Hey Google on. Not both or you'll never make it. If you want to make it a whole day, including overnight, disable both.

Other battery saving tips:
-Turn off "Improve Accuracy" under watch location settings. It's worthless and burns battery.
-Turn off frequent syncing for samsung health steps data. Tap on steps on your phone. Tap 3 dots in top right corner. You'll see frequent syncing. Unless you actively track your steps religiously, this is an unnecessary battery burner. The level of accuracy you get without it is fine for most people.
-Turn off notifications on watch you don't care about. Every time a notification from your phone turns on your watch screen, you're burning battery. Indicidual Notifications can be turned off just for watch.
-Turn NFC off until you're ready to use it. The Google or Samsung Pay app will prompt you to turn it on so why leave it on all the time?
-If you don't actively use your tiles, get rid of them. Unnecessary battery burners.
-Make sure you limit location permissions. Very few Apps actually need location "All The Time".
-Turn off background app usage from Wear App on Phone.
-Make sure Mobile Network and WiFi are set to automatic. Biggest way to burn through those charges is with a mobile network you're not using actively.
-Turn on Mobile Battery Saver in Developer Options.
-Unless you actually use the quick launch gesture, turn it off.
-Turn off Customization Service. Another worthless Samsung Spyware Tracker that offers nothing of value other than selling your personal information for ad relevance.
 
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gav83collins

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Update your wear app and then go to play store on your GW4. Select My Apps and update Assistant. Then go to Watch Settings and set your default assistant app to Google Assistant. Thennnnn, you'll find the GA icon as a launchable app. Launch it to activate assistant. Thats it! Enjoy.
you may wanna change that to "general" or even a "how to"
 

thanito

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Update your Galaxy Wear app and then go to Play Store on your GW4. Select My Apps and update Assistant. Then go to Watch Settings and set your default assistant app to Google Assistant. Thennnnn, you'll find the GA icon as a launchable app or you can set your press and hold button to Google Assistant to launch it that way and begin activation. Activation requires connection between your watch and phone to link GA. Activation will ask if you want to use personal results and voice match on your watch. Done.

GA can be launched using voice or hardware keys.
I read that Google assistant is out only in selected markets. Any way to load it in other regions?
 

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Update your Galaxy Wear app and then go to Play Store on your GW4. Select My Apps and update Assistant. Then go to Watch Settings and set your default assistant app to Google Assistant. Thennnnn, you'll find the GA icon as a launchable app or you can set your press and hold button to Google Assistant to launch it that way and begin activation. Activation requires connection between your watch and phone to link GA. Activation will ask if you want to use personal results and voice match on your watch. Done.

GA can be launched using voice or hardware keys.
I will also add that you can change the "system assistant app" on the default apps from bixby to GAssistant also to let it access the the screen text (same permission has in the phone).


I read that Google assistant is out only in selected markets. Any way to load it in other regions?
My country (Portugal) is not in the markets selected but I had the update waiting on the store and have it working.
Check for it on the watch play store or for the icon on the apps if it maybe already auto updated.
 

thanito

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I will also add that you can change the "system assistant app" on the default apps from bixby to GAssistant also to let it access the the screen text (same permission has in the phone).



My country (Portugal) is not in the markets selected but I had the update waiting on the store and have it working.
Check for it on the watch play store or for the icon on the apps if it maybe already auto updated.
Damn you are right, 1 hour ago I could not find assistant on watch store, now I opened it again and it was waiting for update😅
 
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Some Google Assistant screenshots , on Watch 4 , for any forum member's information ,that does not have it installed or available and wants to see pic's
Good luck
 

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installing google assistant on my galaxy watch 4 i keep getting the message (your region's language is not yet supported on galaxy watch 4) the phone is a Google pixle xl2 purchased from Verizon in the US, the watch was purchased from Samsung also in the US. Assistant installed on my GW4 Classic LTE with Moto Z2 Force... Any help?
 
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Good afternoon community. successfully configured with the Russian language. I live in Ukraine (we don't have an official Google Assistant). I am attaching screenshots. I can help set up - for free
 
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    Ok. That's what I thought although having assistant and browser on the watch could easily lead to reading assistant search results entirely on the watch.
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    TURN LOCATION OFF AND NFC OFF WHEN NOT USING!! Also, unless you use the wrist gestures turn them all off. Get rid of all the apps that sounded cool but you don't actually use.
    My first was the frontier, then the 3, then the 4. FIRST thing I do is turn off flip your wrist to wake up, rotate the bezel or tap to wake. Also, wifi/NFC off unless I use it. In a 24 hour day, mine is on 16 hours a day. I wear it at night. (I'm on a CPAP because my frontier had my HR jumping into the 90's in the middle of the night, sleep study...sleep apnea. Now it stays in the 50's).
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    With the removing of apps, and all the other things I did, I get 3-4 days out of the battery.
    Great to hear. One thing I learned is that all the apps that people side load and literally never use all contribute to poor battery life. Especially sideloaded apps due to their tendency to drain power in the background since they were designed for devices that always keep the app in memory even after you close it.

    Lastly, close all your apps frequently! If you tap on recent apps (I have it set to my double button press), it'll show you all the apps presently running in the background. If you scroll all the way to the left, you'll see the option to close all. Do that after you've used several apps or at least at the end of the day. If you're experiencing high battery drain or poor performance, this is the first thing that should be done. After you open an app, it'll remain in the background until you do this or power cycle (not sure if power cycling will even close apps running in memory or cached memory). It's a poor design and should offer an option to close apps immediately upon exiting, but they don't to keep that spyware rolling. On that note, I recommend using ADB to DISABLE (NOT UNINSTALL which I highly recommend against.. uninstalling watch faces with ADB is ok!) customization service and continuity service. They offer nothing of value aside from some Samsung internet syncing that further increases battery drain. I doubt most people use Samsung internet in their phone anyways. It checks location frequently too like most Samsung bloat ware... You'd be amazed. Once I disabled all that bloatware on my watch AND phone, my battery life practically doubled for both.
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    I have searched thread but haven't found a post about this :
    Is it possible to open link on a browser on the watch instead of necessarily looking on the phone for a search ?
    With Assistant? No. Assistant will say/show some results and answers. It will just show parts of others with a link. Clicking on a link opens it on the phone, even if you sideloaded a browser on the watch (like I did).
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    Update your Galaxy Wear app and then go to Play Store on your GW4. Select My Apps and update Assistant. Then go to Watch Settings and set your default assistant app to Google Assistant. Thennnnn, you'll find the GA icon as a launchable app or you can set your press and hold button to Google Assistant to launch it that way and begin activation. Activation requires connection between your watch and phone to link GA. Activation will ask if you want to use personal results and voice match on your watch. Done.

    GA can be launched using voice or hardware keys. To customize GA settings, Go into watch settings or Wear app on phone. Look for the Google settings (it has its own submenu) where your Google account info is located. There's a new setting available for GA there to customize Hey Google and other GA specific settings.

    Turning off Hey Google significantly reduced battery drain I noticed. With the GW4, one day of battery life is the best we can hope for and that's not including sleep. If you want to make it throughout the day, you can have either Health sensors going off continuously or Hey Google on. Not both or you'll never make it. If you want to make it a whole day, including overnight, disable both.

    Other battery saving tips:
    -Turn off "Improve Accuracy" under watch location settings. It's worthless and burns battery.
    -Turn off frequent syncing for samsung health steps data. Tap on steps on your phone. Tap 3 dots in top right corner. You'll see frequent syncing. Unless you actively track your steps religiously, this is an unnecessary battery burner. The level of accuracy you get without it is fine for most people.
    -Turn off notifications on watch you don't care about. Every time a notification from your phone turns on your watch screen, you're burning battery. Indicidual Notifications can be turned off just for watch.
    -Turn NFC off until you're ready to use it. The Google or Samsung Pay app will prompt you to turn it on so why leave it on all the time?
    -If you don't actively use your tiles, get rid of them. Unnecessary battery burners.
    -Make sure you limit location permissions. Very few Apps actually need location "All The Time".
    -Turn off background app usage from Wear App on Phone.
    -Make sure Mobile Network and WiFi are set to automatic. Biggest way to burn through those charges is with a mobile network you're not using actively.
    -Turn on Mobile Battery Saver in Developer Options.
    -Unless you actually use the quick launch gesture, turn it off.
    -Turn off Customization Service. Another worthless Samsung Spyware Tracker that offers nothing of value other than selling your personal information for ad relevance.
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    Some Google Assistant screenshots , on Watch 4 , for any forum member's information ,that does not have it installed or available and wants to see pic's
    Good luck