Samsung’s Galaxy S8 has long been rumored to feature a revamped virtual assistant called Bixby, and LG’s G6 can’t afford not to play the AI game. A new rumor out of both companies’ home country of South Korea now claims that LG has done something that’s pretty surprising in the Android world.
Instead of building its own sub-par virtual assistant, LG has apparently turned to Google for help. As such, the G6 will come with the Google Assistant built-in. Previously, the Google Assistant was exclusive to Google’s own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones (at least in the form that’s integrated into the Android system, since it also lives in the Allo chat app and the Google Home device).
The Google Assistant is also an integral part of the upcoming Android Wear 2.0 release, which will be running on the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, the first wearables to have the new OS version on board. These were co-developed with Google in a program not dissimilar to what the Nexus line used to be for smartphones. The two smartwatches will be unveiled on February 9, it’s been rumored.
The LG G6 will be made official on February 26 at MWC in Barcelona. It’s reportedly going to become available in early March, beating the Galaxy S8 to the market by about a month.