Google Assistant gets Ambient Mode that turns your device to a smart display

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Google has outlined exactly how its new ambient assistant mode will work on smartphones after announcing it for the first time in September. The idea is to make your phone more useful by allowing you to see picture photos from Google, play music, power your smart home devices and more while loading. Last week, the feature began rolling out to Nokia and Xiaomi devices, and next week, according to Ron Amadeo from Ars Technica, will come to Sony and an OEM called Transsion.

The ultimate goal for proactive Assistant is to help you get things done faster, anticipate your needs, and accomplish your tasks as quickly and as easily as possible. It’s fundamentally about moving from an app-based way of doing things to an intent-based way of doing things.

Now you can with one tap set your alarm, you can look at what time your first meeting is the next day, you can turn off the light, and you can also have a slideshow of your personal memories show up so that you can actually browse all of them.

Like Pixel Stand, there is both a lock screen displaying the time, if desired, over a slideshow of Google Photos. Tapping through shows messages, calls, appointments, weather and more notification cards. There is a row of icons at the bottom to control smart lights, allowing “do not disturb” mode and more.

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