Google is now testing a complete UI overhaul of at least a portion of its AI-powered Assistant, leading to a look that leans more toward Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich than Android 9 Pie or 'Q'. Initially spotted by a couple of astute Redditors via a subreddit created by user u/SentientKayak and running on a Google Pixel device and reported by 9to5Google on a OnePlus handset, the change does away with the white slide-up card most users see with Assistant. Instead, when users are long-pressing the pill button or squeezing their Google Pixel handset to launch Assistant, they're seeing a darkened lower segment of their screen slip into place coupled with the words "Hi, I'm listening..." Just below that and harkening back to earlier versions of Android is a slim glowing "light bar," spreading a glow upwards in Google's traditional logo colors. The words hover just above the lit portion of the screen while other UI elements such as the keyboard and the desk … [Read more...] about This Experimental Google Assistant Redesign Is A Throwback
Oneplus google assistant
Google appears to be testing a new design for Google Assistant with users reporting the change in a thread on Reddit. The new design drops the white overlay we've come to know when summoning Google Assistant on our phones. Instead, the new overlay shows up as semi-transparent black outline at the bottom with the words "Hi, I'm listening." Once you swipe up, however, the design goes back to the tried and true white background that we've come to know over the years. It's a striking change from the solid white background that used to be displayed. Not only has Google switched the color to black, but it's now transparent with a see-through glass effect. As with many Google tests, this is open to a very limited A/B test that is enabled on the server side. It is appearing for users with the 184.108.40.206 version of the Google app and has shown up on a Pixel phone and a OnePlus device. At this time, we are uncertain if this is going to roll out to everyone or if Google is simply testing the … [Read more...] about New Google Assistant design rolling out to limited users
One of the downsides to buying Android phones from carriers is that all system updates have to be carrier-approved. Thankfully, it looks like T-Mobile's OnePlus 6T won't lag far behind the unlocked variant. The T-Mobile 6T just received its first system update, which includes security fixes, adjustments to Nightscape mode, and more. The software version is still labeled as OxygenOS v9.0, even though some of the features are from the unlocked model's v9.0.4 update. The regular 6T just received an OTA update for v9.0.5, so the T-Mobile 6T is slightly behind and still lacks the Google Assistant quick-launch action (via the power button). Thanks: Marius, Shane Milton, and everyone that sent this in … [Read more...] about T-Mobile OnePlus 6T gets its first update, includes security fixes and improved Nightscape
Google revealed that its Assistant Routines would be integrated into the Clock app just a couple of days ago, giving you information like the day's weather, your upcoming calendar, and other configurable settings after the alarm is dismissed. At the time, we were told the feature would be rolling out this week, and Google seems to have just barely made that cutoff. Google Assistant Routine integration into the Clock app is now live. It's simple to set a routine, too. Just create an alarm, go to the new "Google Assistant Routine" section that should appear in the alarm, and follow the prompts to set up your Routine. When the associated alarm goes off and is then dismissed, the commands configured will be triggered. We've tested it out ourselves, and it all works as you'd expect. Left: The new Routine setting in the Clock app. Center and Right: Workflow when setting a Routine via the app. Keep in mind, this only works for Google's clock app. The functionality is not … [Read more...] about Assistant Routine integration in the Google Clock app is now live
OnePlus has recreated the success of its original wired earbuds with the Type-C Bullets, offering decent sound, wide phone compatibility, and plenty of value for the price. $20 at OnePlus Pros Comfortable Great sound for the price Compatible with most Android phones Three ear tip sizes Google Assistant integration Cons Limited bass response In-line remote feels cheap Google's $30 USB-C headphones sound great if you're really into bass, and the Google Assistant integration is fantastic, but you need to be running the latest Android hardware to get it. $30 at Google Pros Big, boomy sound Easy-to-adjust ear cinch Robust Google Assistant functionality Can do live translation and read notifications on Pixel phones Wide phone compatibility Cons Highs are muddled Bass can overwhelm the mids Only comes in white May be uncomfortable due to lack of ear tips Until very recently, USB-C headphones have been difficult to find and even more difficult to justify — there just … [Read more...] about OnePlus Type-C Bullets vs. Google Pixel USB-C earbuds: Which should you buy?