Google Assistant is undoubtedly the most versatile virtual assistant available currently. At I/O 2019 earlier this month, the Mountain View-based company announced the Google Assistant driving mode will be replacing Android Auto on smartphones. Google is now reportedly planning to introduce some significant new changes to the design of the Google Assistant on Android devices.
The Google Assistant redesign was first noticed by a user on Reddit, who is running the 220.127.116.11 version of the Google App on Android Q. Going by the screenshot shared on Reddit, Google is testing a transparent overlay with the bottom third of the display getting darkened. When Google Assistant is active, you will see the words, “Hi, I’m listening” within the transparent overlay.
On the bottom corners, we find buttons for the keyboard as well as the updates page. We also see a light bar at the bottom of the screen. Unlike the transparent overlay, the light bar isn’t exactly an all-new design. It made its debut on the original Chromebook Pixel.
As mentioned above, only a few users seem to be seeing these new design touches on the Google app. It is possible that only a few users have been randomly chosen to receive early access to the Google Assistant redesign. However, the screenshot does confirm that a major design overhaul for Google Assistant will possibly arrive for all users sometime in the near future.
Apart from introducing design changes, Google is also working on the “next generation Assistant”. It was showcased at the I/O 2019 last week and is claimed to make everything 10x faster. Google has announced that the next generation Assistant will be capable of processing requests in real-time. It will also be able to answer user’s questions up to 10 times quicker than the current Google Assistant and work even without data connectivity. The next generation Assistant is expected to make its debut with the Pixel 4 series phones later this year.