Google Launches Ambient Mode for Android Devices

Google has released the “Google Assistant Ambient Mode” rather quietly and it’s promised to provide proactive experience for users. This feature is embedded into the Google Search and when it will take over, when you charge the smartphone. The ambient mode shows potentially important information, such as quick greeting message, weather, calendar, notifications and upcoming flights. There are also Do Not Disturb toggle and controls for smart home. Ambient Mode includes the photo frame feature, which is a screen that appears when you charge the phone at night.

Arvind Chandrababu, the Google Assistant Product Manager said that the photo frame screen is no longer an app-based operation, but it’s an intent-based operation.  Users can do many things, with less mental efforts to figure out. The usual method of tapping through various apps is quite cumbersome. With the Ambient Mode, smart home controls and information related to calendar and weather are easily accessible. However, the Ambient Mode screen isn’t customizable, unlike the home screen widget. As an example, you can’t decide which smart home components to show on the screen. At the moment, this limitation may restrain the usefulness of Ambient Mode.

Older Android version already had home screen widgets. So, Google just resurrects the same idea, but it’s less controllable and customizable. Google didn’t tell us officially who can get this Mode, also when or how. However, it is likely that the mode will be rolled out to users starting from the first week of December. This feature should be available on devices with support for Voice Match. Also, these devices must run Android 8.1 or newer, as well as the latest Google Search app version. The ultimate goal for Google is that your Android device will anticipate your needs and get things done faster. Tasks could be accomplished quickly and more easily.

Ambient Mode will arrive initially to Nokia, Sony Xperia, Xiaomi, Transsion and certain Lenovo tablets. You will no longer need to unlock the phone to obtain certain essential information. It should be possible for users to set the alarm with just a single tap. It is possible to know what time is for the first meeting tomorrow. You can have a slideshow on your device and turn off the lights of your home. It is relatively easy for Google to build their system experience, due to the open nature of the Android environment.