Throughout I/O 2019, Google introduced adjustments to the Assistant that might see vital velocity enhancements due to on-device transcription and operation. These adjustments have been mentioned to come back “later this year,” which seemingly meant across the identical time because the Pixel four launch. Within the meantime, Google has been testing adjustments to the Assistant interface, together with a Holo-esque design and now, a compact look.
The brand new UI, which is triggered by a server-side swap, compresses the Assistant pop-up to simply the underside of the display screen. It removes quite a lot of vertical white area and places the Assistant icon, “Hi, how can I help?” textual content, and person profile image on the identical line.
Left: Assistant pop-up now. Proper: New compact look.
Extra noticeable although is the reply card, which not expands to refill the complete display screen, however takes simply as a lot as is required, with much less white area. The bubbles are additionally gone, be it for the query or reply.
Left: Fullscreen reply within the present interface. Proper: New pop-up reply.
The reply UI is precisely what you see within the next-gen Assistant demo from Google I/O (YouTube queued as much as the precise second). It reveals on prime of your present app, with out overtaking it. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless no signal of the transcription occurring within the navigation bar, like we noticed in Google’s teaser. That may take a bit longer to begin displaying up in server-side checks.