On its Assistant smart displays, Google plans to update its look and functionality of the software in a significant way. Commencing this week, the smart displays, including the Nest hub and some made by third-party companies, will be upgraded with a new home screen like the dark mode. Lastly, with Google Assistant smart displays, you will be able to see the Google events from more than one account.
One of the most significant changes you will see is the new home screen, which is specially designed to offer contextual information to you based on your habits and time of the day. Rather than just scrolling horizontal list as before. Now, Google divides the information into some five different parts, including home control, time of day, discover, and media accessible from tabs at the top of the screen.
Depending on when you are looking at it, like morning or afternoon, the time of the day tab is most likely to change. Additionally, it will present different cards of information that Google deems essential to you at that time. It can also include tappable tiles for playing music and controlling particular smart devices, news reports, and so on. As per Google, tiles are visible on each screen, and based on their importance, the size also varies.
For example, the media page will have larger tiles to integrate information about what’s playing and controls below it.
What changes are you most likely to see?
One of the best tricks of the media tab is that it can see what is playing on other Assistant speakers and throughout the home displays and control them. In this section, Google claims to add deeply linked tabs, so instead of just opening Disney plus, you can jump and see right away what you were watching the previous time you used Disney Plus.
All the smart home controls reside in the home control tab and discover a tab is ideally a place where Google is most likely to advertise new features or content to its visitors. It is mainly based on user search history and usage patterns.
What isn’t most likely to change?
The primary screen that shows up when you aren’t interacting with the smart display isn’t changing anytime soon. It remains a slideshow of images or a fixed clock based on your preferences. Users would see the option to make it always-on smart home dashboard displaying the calendar, camera feeds, intelligent home controls in one place at a glance.
Furthermore, besides an addition to the new interface, Google is also enhancing a dark mode that will turn on automatically based on the time of day or the ambient light of the room or that can be selected manually. Gradually, a new sunrise alarm will enhance the brightness of the screen and the volume of your alarm to make it easier for you to wake up every morning.
Some notable changes are
You need to know Google Assistant smart displays are just a few years old, but the updates and redesigns are already in the works. Recently, Google announced that a brand new look for the user interface of its Google Assistant-enabled smart displays, including the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.
- Keeps tabs on your home-
With several screens, the overhaul starts. The home screen now displays a quick glance at your day. Your morning is mainly termed in the morning that section, and then the entire day is most likely to progress. It also displays information like the news, events on the calendar, and the weather.
Some of the other new tabs across the top of the home screen will indeed direct you to some particular categories, including media. On the media page, you are most likely to find videos, music, and some recommendations. While on the home control tab, you will see a display of dashboards of all the connected devices in your home and tappable cards to alter any device settings, including dimming lights or viewing the doorbell camera.
The communication tab features house cards for chat or video settings, and the discover tab displays ideas for things to do with your smart display.
- Dark mode and ambiance settings:
Google Assistant smart displays also offer dark mode besides organized tabs. When the dark mode is enabled, then your smart display’s color and scheme change that minimizes light emission. Additionally, you can set dark and light modes to automatically activate depending on the ambient light of the sunrise and sunset.
For added relaxation options, a selection of ambient sounds is also coming to smart displays. Also, a sunrise alarm feature is making its way to intelligent displays by slowing, enhancing the screen’s brightness for 30 minutes before your alarm time. Furthermore, you can also manage alarms on your show and set various alarms for weekdays and weekends, and also choose different alarm tones.
- Meetings and calendars:
Google Assistant smart displays have recently announced for zoom to come to their device. Now the intelligent displays can easily link several Google accounts so you can see both personal and professional meetings in a single place. Additionally, you can also reschedule and cancel the meetings with a click of a button.
It is said that the new interface design and features will be rolling out in a few weeks to almost all Google assistant enabled smart displays. When looking at it as a complete update, we can say that Google is more likely to invest in touch based experience on the stylish displays.
The company also states that it is adding updates to enhance the experience for when you are not five or more feet away from the device. Thus we hope to see some unique features with the smart display rolling out soon.