Google has been attempting to persuade Samsung to drop Bixby in favor of Google Assistant for a while now. Whereas we do not know for sure how these conversations are going, Samsung did add help for Google Assistant to a few of its sensible TVs final month. And at present, a joint partnership was introduced that may see Samsung SmartThings devices add integration with Nest merchandise — in addition to the Google Assistant.
Beginning quickly, customers will have the ability to management Nest units like cameras, thermostats, and doorbells proper from Samsung’s sensible house merchandise together with TVs and fridges. Nest units will grow to be Works With SmartThings (WWST) licensed and be accessible from Samsung’s SmartThings app, too.
Moreover, extra Samsung sensible house devices will quickly include help for Google Assistant utilizing the Hey Google hotword. A number of Samsung apps will start providing easy linking with Google Assistant to make establishing sensible units simpler. The Assistant is obtainable to manage Samsung units in six new languages, as nicely: Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.
Google Assistant and Nest merchandise integrating instantly with Samsung’s personal sensible house lineup is encouraging to listen to. A extra interoperable sensible house ecosystem is a win for customers, and whereas this will appear to be excellent news for these rooting for Bixby’s demise, I would not rely Samsung’s plucky upstart voice assistant out simply but — Bixby acquired a significant redesign just a bit whereas in the past.