Update 9/10: After disappearing earlier this week, the Compact Assistant is back. It is available again on devices that have lost it, while for users who did not get the new UI last month. This can be a wide rollout.
Update 9/7: In the past few days, the Compact Google Assistant has disappeared for some users. It has run on all devices for me, while it is only available on a phone to a colleague. This suggests that despite widespread availability, the redesign was not considered ready for launch by Google.
Original 8/14: The signature aspect of this new design is its compact size. It starts with a panel that pops up after the assistant is smaller than before, while the UI elements are held closer together. The center tablet that provides access to lens, voice and keyboard entry is unchanged. Shortcuts for Snapshot and Explore are also similar, although today some users are looking for one for “updates”, which provides an introduction to what the assistant can do,
The suggestion chips carousel looks similar, but now there is one for “previous activity”. Appearing on the left, it opens a sheet of recent orders and links to all supporting histories.
The next change is a larger profile avatar in the top-right, while the supporting icon in the second corner is slightly larger.Once you ask a question, the auxiliary panel no longer covers the entire display to show the answer. Most results – like requesting music – simply lift the bottom half of your screen, while the weather will leave a murderer of background, be it your homescreen or the last used app. A small change in the last command suggests the Google show condition icon in the suggestion chip.
Overall, it helps maintain context and makes Google feel lighter, as we mentioned in our new helpful review:
This improved improvement of context and subtlety shows how Google wants you to interact with the assistant. In the past, voice was an experience that took up the entire performance and often led you to a scrollable feed. The new assistant of Pixel 4 is now more important for Google’s announced Ambient Computing Future, where it should interact with help without disrupting your life.
The last rollout occurred in June when more users encountered the compact Google Assistant. As of this morning, the redesign is seeing its wide availability on the beta channel. However, it is not yet fully launched.
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