Users of the Wear OS smartwatch are reporting to be experiencing a no-response after the “Ok Google” command which points to the fact that the Google Assistant voice commands on wearables have been broken for a while now.
Reddit threads and Google Issue Tracker pages are filled with Wear OS users complaining about not being able to use the OK Google hot word to trigger the Assistant.
Even though it’s very possible for users to trigger their virtual assistant manually on their smartwatch, being able to call out the AI voice assistant now seems to be impossible.
The fact that a user need to scroll through their tiny screens to locate Google Assistant or better still long-pressing the digital crown to summon the voice assistant seems to be the only drawback now.
Some users were able to have the functionality restored by downgrading the Google app on their Watch OS to an older version. Some users also report that they’re unable to use the Continued Conversation feature in the manual mode.
The period this issue started happening is yet unknown even though there are speculations that the issue have been on since June, 2020 which could point to the problem not entirely related to the Wear OS update.
Google has at least acknowledged the issue in a statement to The Verge, saying the company is “aware of the issues some users have been encountering” and will help its partners “address these and improve the overall experience.” However, it remains unclear when it will be rolled out.
For such a problem to have persisted for this long is a really concerning news considering the fact that the Voice Assistant is one of the most important and integral part of the Wear OS and Google not being able to resolve the issue for so long is scary.
It might seem as though Google isn’t paying much attention to the Wear OS any longer even though numerous wearable device makers across the globe have adopted the operating system for their smartwatches but the acquisition of FitBit.
You can visit the Google Issue Tracker page on here just in case you have issues with the Wear OS on your smartwatch.