Google isn’t very precise about pushing wearables

After a massive Pixel Watch leak last weekend, you’d think Google might be resting on the wearable front. no. With Google I/O just weeks away, a video teasing the Google Assistant on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has surfaced on YouTube, and Google-owned Fitbit has officially started rolling out negative atrial fibrillation alerts on its lineup of devices.

We’ve known that Google Assistant has been coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 (hence wearing OS 3) for several months. The only thing we don’t really know is when, but the wait seems to be coming to an end. There was a false alarm last week when Verizon jumped the gun with an update log indicating that Google Assistant support was included in the latest round of Galaxy Watch 4 updates. Google later said the edge thats it has not been Assistant has rolled out on Galaxy Watch 4 yet and it doesn’t have a timing update.

But now, Samsung has uploaded a teaser video showing the Google Assistant on the Watch 4 In a YouTube video (via Android Police.) In it, a man said “Hey Google” to showcase the YouTube Music app. It’s a brief piece of a short 15-second ad, but it’s clearly front and center. The last time Samsung offered any updates on timing was in February, when it said the feature would arrive “in the coming months”. While that was vague, it definitely fits this timeline.

Given that Google is in control of when the Assistant arrives on Wear OS 3, as well as Verizon’s bug last week, Samsung’s new tease suggests that the much-anticipated update could be announced at I/O. That’s also when Google is expected to officially announce the Pixel Watch, which will be the second only smartwatch to run on Wear OS 3.

while, 9to5Google Reports indicate that Fitbit has started rolling out negative arrhythmia notifications on nine of its fitness trackers and smartwatches. These devices include Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Versa Lite Edition, Charge 5, Luxe, Charge 4, Charge 3 and Inspire 2.

Google, which owns Fitbit, announced it was seeking FDA clearance to monitor negative atrial fibrillation in late March. Then the feature got a statement earlier this month. The feature was a huge step forward for Fitbit, which previously only had FDA authorization for its EKG app. This app allowed Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Charge 5 owners to check their heart rhythms. This passive feature works in the background and can now be used on a variety of Fitbit products mentioned above — many of them several years ago.

The Fitbit Sense was the company’s first tracker to offer spot-checks for atrial fibrillation powered by an ECG.
Photography by Brent Rose/The Verge

Both are smaller updates in the grand scheme of Wear OS 3, which is expected to hit non-Samsung watches in the second half of this year. But with the increasing number of Pixel Watch leaks and the fact that Google I/O is on the horizon? This is just further evidence that 2022 is the time when Google makes years of laying the groundwork for pushing wearables. All we have to do now is wait and see what comes next.

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