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Google’s not being very subtle with its wearables push

After the massive dumping of Pixel Watch last week, you think Google might be resting on the front lines of wearables. No. With Google I / O coming weeks ahead, a video mocking Google Assistant on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 has surfaced on YouTube, and Google-owned Fitbit has officially started issuing indirect fibrillation alerts on its devices. .

We know that Google Assistant has been coming to the Galaxy Watch 4 (and therefore Wear OS 3) for months. The only thing we don’t really know is when, but it looks like the wait is over. There was a false alarm last week when Verizon jumped on the bandwagon with a text message suggesting Google Assistant support to be included in the latest round of Galaxy Watch 4 updates. Google later said Qarka that it is it was not The release of the Galaxy Watch 4 Assistant is still in its infancy and there are no updates yet.

But now, Samsung has released a teaser video featuring Google Assistant on the Watch 4 inside YouTube video (via Android Police.) Inside, a man says “Hey Google” to pull the YouTube Music app. It’s a short version of a 15-second short pre-ad, but it’s clearly front and center. The last time Samsung offered any updates on the timeline came back in February, when it said the feature would come ‘in the coming months. While this is not clear, this is certainly appropriate at the time.

Given that Google is in control when it comes to Wear OS 3, in addition to Verizon’s faux pas last week, Samsung’s new teaze suggests that the long-awaited update could be announced for I / O. That is also when Google is expected to officially announce the Pixel Watch, which will be the second smartwatch to run Wear OS 3.

Meanwhile, 9to5Google says Fitbit has started releasing non-standard Heart Rate notifications for nine of its fitness tracker and smart watches. These include Fitbit Sense, Versa 3, Versa 2, Versa Lite Edition, Charge 5, Luxe, Charge 4, Charge 3, and Promotion 2.

Google, which owns Fitbit, announced it was seeking FDA approval for the monitoring of abnormal fibers in late March. The character then took a break earlier this month. The instruction was a major step forward for Fitbit, which originally had only FDA approval for its EKG program. That app allowed the owners of the Fitbit Sense and Fitbit Charge 5 to see the rhythm of their heart. These unsatisfactory features are backwards and can now be used for the various types of Fitbit products listed above – most of which are several years old.

Fitbit Sense was the first of the company’s trackers to introduce EKG-enabled atrial fibrillation positioning.
Photo courtesy of Brent Rose / The Verge

These are both minor updates to the larger Wear OS 3 system, which is expected to arrive on 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 in the early stages? This is simply further evidence that 2022 is the time when Google has implemented many years of foundation for big push. All we have to do now is wait and see what happens next.