09 January 2020
Google announced a new Ambient Mode at this year’s IFA event where it gave us an idea about the role of the mode. Now it has shared a small video on Twitter to share more details and tell us what device could get this cool feature, though no names have been shared yet. Also, note that the video doesn’t address the availability date, so we are pretty much still in the dark, but it is good to follow this ray of light that Google has just thrown.
The feature transforms the phone or tablet into a “digital photo frame” when you plug it into a charger. This feature doesn’t just change the wallpaper, well that would be too boring and useless. This actually converts your phone into a smart display just like the Google Nest Hub so that you could use it just the way you get help from the Nest Hub. For instance, you can control music, other smart home devices, and more.
Google has now confirmed that this experience which is integrated right into the OS will be available on select devices running Android 8.0 and above. Google defines the Ambient Mode feature as Android’s proactive Google Assistant and describes that the feature’s ultimate goal is to get things done faster in just one tap.
It’s also evident that Google has come up with a good way to offer users the likes of smart display in a somewhat easy way. So those who don’t have a smart display with them would enjoy this feature. However, it is not available to everyone. “Now you can with one tap set your alarm, you can look at what time is your first meeting the next day, you can turn off the light, and you can also have a slideshow.”
Google does mention that Ambient Mode is the first step and it has more and different proactive experiences planned for the Assistant on your mobile devices.
Official Info from Google: The following brands are doing ambient mode.— Ron Amadeo (@RonAmadeo) November 26, 2019
Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, and somebody called "Transsion."
Also the Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD (with charging station) and the Yoga Smart Tab.
Roll out starts next week. You need Android 8.1 and a new search app. https://t.co/yRmiWjazTw
When it first announced the feature, Google had said that the feature would be coming to the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab, Smart Tab M8, Nokia 6.2, and Nokia 7.2. Making a reply to the tweet that Android’s official account tweeted, Ron Amadeo from ArsTechnica shares that the feature will be available on select devices from Sony, Nokia, Xiaomi, and “Transsion.” He also adds the feature will hit the majority of the named devices by next week with a new Search app. A few people have replied to his tweet and revealed that they had this feature for some days now.