I can’t wait for Google Assistant on my Galaxy Watch 4 – here’s why

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 can sometimes feel like a great Samsung device that forgets it’s supposed to be an Android wearable first. Samsung has long felt that its software, whether it be Samsung Pay, the Samsung Store or even its Bixby assistant, should be what users of its phones opt in for. But that can feel at odds with the idea of ​​Android, a free, Google-owned open-source operating system that’s capable of running on almost any device.

That’s a far cry from Apple’s tight-fisted control of both software and hardware, ensuring anyone who wants to leave their iPhone behind must also exit the company’s walled garden of apps, which includes Siri, Apple Fitness, iCloud and so forth. It feels as if Samsung wants what Apple has: total vertical control.

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