The Google App has seen a lot of updates this month, which were followed by many teardowns that shed light on some of the changes we are all yet to see.
Let's begin with the changes/additions in each and every version of the app released this month.
- Redesigned settings page
There is a new revamp coming to the settings, with less clutter and no flashy colors - just plain white and grey, which now matches the recent Material Design UI changes that have come to many Google apps, including Phone, Android Messages, News, Play Games, maybe even more. There is also a lot nicer Assistant settings page that uses a bolder font for names and large profile images. Settings in there are also divided into four tabs in the following order: Personal Info, Assistant, Services and Home.
- Assistant Households
The Assistant Households feature promises to help family members share reminders and lists, broadcast messages and more, which in theory should make collaborations and communication a lot more convenient.
- Notes and Lists
There are hints that soon you are going to be able to select third-party applications as your default notes and lists provider.
- Customize Discover
Google Discover has been announced as a Feed replacement, and to reflect that, there is a menu entry labeled 'Customize Discover', which lets you select topics to follow and see content about.
- Hub settings
The latest attempt to unify the Hub settings continues with the inclusion of settings for automatic video playback and Discover.
- Lens gallery import
The Lens feature is going to allow importing photos to analyze from your gallery.
Slices are being fully worked on, right before the official launch that is set to come this fall. There is now a warning for Internet connection issues confirming it.
- Assistant Routines after dismissing an alarm
Complying with Google's Custom Routines, dismissing an alarm in Google Clock can be used as a trigger to start an Assistant routine.
Hide Slice suggestions
Pixel Stand support
Pixel Stand is Google's wireless charger launched at the same time as the Pixel 3 series. It has a couple of unique features that you should take an eye on.
- Manage pending searches
As a follow up to the previous settings redesign, the new General settings page gets a section with options for managing pending searches.
- Google Lens flash icon in the top-left
- Personalized News
Google is improving the news briefing by the Assistant with user-tailored sources to play from, based on their AI.
Assistant Notes and Lists web app
Extra settings for Pixel Launcher
Mentioned in this version is a toggle for disabling the Suggested apps section.
- Redesigned 'More' tab
This time the 'More' tab gets a taste of the new Material Design UI improvements, with it now showing a large Google logo and user info at the top, plus grey icons for options.
- 'Add a Car' option in Assistant Services
You can now connect your Android Auto-equipped car with the Assistant from the Services tab in the Assistant settings.
- Voice Match is going to get removed
It is being deprecated due to it not being secure enough and exposing a too much personal info.
- Google Discover
Strings referring to Feed are replaced with Discover.
- Google Assistant quick app shortcut
You can launch the Assistant from the app shortcuts by long-pressing on the Google App icon.
More Homescreen settings
New Google Shopping icon
More outline style icons throughout the interface
- Scroll between subtopics
Google's vision about search has changed this year. They are now focusing on showing tailored results to users with related subtopics. Subtopics are being displayed as an overlay, with arrow buttons to switch between and are currently in testing on Android.
What are the features you cannot wait to use? Drop them down below.
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