U.S. tech giant Google recently announced on Android Twitter handle that it will start rolling out its new Ambient Mode feature, powered by Google Assistant, to more smartphone models from next week. The smartphone makers that are included in the rollout program are Sony Xperia, Nokia, Transsion, Xiaomi, and some selected Lenovo tablets. All the devices should be running on Android version 8 (Oreo) or higher.
Google first announced the Ambient Mode feature in September this year at IFA 2019, Europe’s largest consumer tech conference held in Germany. At that time, the company announced that the feature will be available to a few devices such as Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD and Smart Tab tablets as well as Nokia 7.2 and Nokia 6.2 smartphone models.
Ambient Mode is a proactive Google Assistant feature that utilizes the phone’s idle screen time (while charging) for a smart display of notifications and reminders related to calendar, travel, and weather. By doing this, Google Assistant saves battery while displaying important information for the user.
The Ambient Mode generally kicks off with a quick greeting message on the phone screen followed by important notifications. It also helps users in doing other tasks such as starting a playlist or controlling smart home devices such as lights or music players without unlocking the phone. In the standby mode, the Ambient Mode turns the lock screen into a personalised digital photo frame that is linked to the Google Photos account.
The disappointing thing about the Ambient Mode is that it can’t be customised by users. Surprisingly, Google Pixel phones are not on the rollout list yet.