Google Assistant, the search engine giant's AI, was the focus of the company's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone announcement back in September, and what may have seemed to provide a boring start to the announcement proves differently once you pick up a Pixel phone in your hand. Google Assistant is just an "Ok, Google" away, with an encyclopedic knowledge that lets you ask questions about anything for which you're scrambling. I've used it to do complex mathematical equations, find information on a smartwatch that I've forgotten, and so on (yes, some of the posts done here at smartwatch.me were crafted with the help of Google Assistant!).
Well, if you've been experiencing the Pixels and wish it would come to your smartwatch, your desire is right in line with Google's future plans. According to the company's own statement at its very own website, Google Assistant will make its way to Android Wear smartwatches "over time":
Over time, you'll also see the Assistant come to other new surfaces, like smartwatches running Android Wear 2.0, Android-powered in-car infotainment systems and many other types of devices through the Embedded Google Assistant SDK.
Google Assistant will make its way to Android TV in the coming months, as well as the NVIDIA SHIELD and other non-Google Android TVs such as the "AirTV Player, Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Xiaomi Mi Box, and more," as the company says in its announcement.
Google Assistant takes on Apple's Siri with a greater personality than Google Now, Google's former setup, ever had. The former Google Now pointed you to content that you needed at specific moments, but Google Assistant provides information not only in the moment and for the day, but also for yesterday and tomorrow. Additionally, Google Assistant can read you news out loud and can even tell jokes such as "What do you call an alligator with a vest? An in-vest-igator."
As Google prepares to roll out Google Assistant to Android TVs, Google is also preparing to release two new smartwatches in Q1 2017 running Android Wear that will not bear Pixel or Google branding and be heavily reliant upon Google-manufacturer cooperation. Google says it's working with a partner company to create great functionality and design with its upcoming wearables. The company recently acquired CoWatch creator company Cronologics, an acquisition that is presumed to have occurred for the purpose of enhancing the functionality of Google's Android Wear.