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Google delivers Android Ambient Mode to first smartphones

Last updated on March 9, 2021

The new mode informs users about relevant content during the loading process. It is also used to control smart home devices. At launch, Ambient Mode is only available for Sony Xperia, Nokia, Xiaomi and Lenovo devices.

Google has begun distributing a new feature for its Android mobile operating system. The so-called ambient mode should support users and provide relevant information while their device is being charged. The mode intended for smartphones and tablets was presented for the first time at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin at the beginning of September – now it is available for selected devices, among others from Sony and Nokia.

Google describes ambient fashion as a “proactive” Google Assistant experience. While charging, the digital assistant displays information such as appointments, weather forecasts or travel plans on the display. The battery should not be charged.

The extension of the lock screen can also be used as a digital picture frame during the charging process. Alternatively, it also serves as an interface for controlling smart home devices such as lights or music players.

Above all, ambient mode is designed to save users from having to unlock their device and open multiple apps to perform certain tasks during the store. “It’s basically about moving from an app-based approach to a more focused way of working,” said Google Assistant Product Manager Arvind Chandrababu. Ambient Mode is designed to help users get things done faster, with Google Assistant predicting what the user wants.

To start the ambient mode, however, is only very limited available. Google is currently restricting the feature to Sony Xperia, Nokia, Transsion and Xiaomi smartphones, as well as a few Lenovo tablets running Android 8.1 and later. However, the company plans to introduce more “proactive experiences”.

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Ars Technica recalls ambient mode widgets for the home screen. However, the contents of ambient mode are given and could not be configured. The function of ambient mode shows Google also in a Youtube video .