//Soon you’ll need Wear OS 3 to run Google Assistant

Soon you’ll need Wear OS 3 to run Google Assistant

At least the Fossil Gen 6 has everything now. | Photo by Dieter Bohn / The Verge

If you’re still holding onto a Wear OS 2 smartwatch, it may be time to consider making the leap to Wear OS 3. In the latest update to the Wear OS 2 companion app, 9to5Google spotted a string urging users to upgrade to Wear OS 3 because Google Assistant support is “ending soon.”

This technically isn’t official yet, and there’s no concrete timeline for when the feature will start disappearing from older watches. However, the planned depreciation of Google Assistant illustrates how messy the transition to Wear OS 3 has been. Google Assistant was among the highlighted features when Google and Samsung announced the platform in May 2021, but it didn’t actually appear on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series until a year later. It was then…

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