Google is deploying a new user interface for the Assistant at this time. That seeks to make everything round.
Now, when you hold the start button (or press the phone, if you have a Pixel smartphone), you will see the same overlay as before. But this time, the corners are rounded. It gives a unique appearance, but does not really affect the ease of use of the Google Assistant.
The second part of the redesign actually comes in the beta version of the Google application, which is in v9.0.
When it slides up now, and enters the Google Assistant, where the Wizard shows you the cards, everything has rounded corners. This includes the different commands that you can give to the Assistant, as well as the things that are presented to you. As calendar events, invoice due dates and more
Google has also moved the Panel and Explore buttons from the top right corner to the bottom row on the Panel screen. The Panel button is on the left, with Explore now on the right. These used to be side by side in the upper right corner of the screen. A subtle change here, but it makes the Google Assistant flow a little better. In the gallery below, you can see the changes in parallel for the Google Assistant.
There are a couple of changes here that people will not like. And that's the fact that Google Lens and the keyboard icons are now much closer to the microphone in the center. Now, when you open the Google Assistant and the microphone is listening, cover those two icons. Which means that you now have to take an additional step to play the microphone again, before touching the Google Lens or keyboard icons. For those who like to write in the Google Assistant, this will be a learning curve.
It's a bit interesting here that Google is implementing these changes individually, with the rounded corners in the overlay that come in the stable update of the Google application, and the rounded corners in the Attendees Panel in the beta version. Although that means that it will soon reach the stable application. Google may want to try a little more changes in the Assistant Panel before it extends to all.
Google continues its pattern of redesigning things because it can
Google often likes to redesign applications and services, if only because it can. And that is what is happening here with the Google Assistant. There was no real reason for Google to do this redesign. In fact, many feel that it is a previous version, since now you need an additional touch to access the Google Lens or the keyboard icon within the Google Assistant screen. For those who use those shortcuts often, it will be a hbadle.
The rounded corners throughout the Google Assistant match most modern smartphones, which now have rounded corners. That could why Google decided to make this change. And it makes the Google Assistant look a little better on these smartphones with rounded corners, but it's clear that it still needs some work. These changes are now being implemented through the updated Google application. So, if you still do not see them, you'll want to review the Google Play Store and update your Google application.