Google Wear OS watches are getting Assistant upgrades
A few days ahead of Google's developer conference, Wear OS watches are getting some extras when it comes to voice control, making them more like the Google Home.
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Upgraded Assistant features should be arriving soon, Google announced today, allowing contextual responses to Google Assistant requests on the smartwatch screen, plus support for Actions, custom commands that can control connected
Wear OS watches will also, finally, be able to speak responses instead of just giving text replies, and will play responses back either via the watch's speakers or through paired
headphones (not all Wear OS watches have speakers).