Google is testing a new assistant that brings the Pixel to everyone with a ‘light bar’

Over the past few months, Google has been testing more compact assistant UIs that have taken some visual rows from the Pixel 4. How the quick change doesn’t capture the results on the full screen. The company is now testing another Google Assistant design that brings light bars to non-Pixel phones.

In Pixel 4’s new Google Assistant, the light bar appears when the microphone is active and listening. It vibrates as you speak and the animate continues until no answer is returned. This interface is very bold and quite prominent.

Meanwhile, all the other pixels on Android 10+ have light bar variants. When swiping from the corner, light flows from the side of the phone and is grouped together at the bottom and then the auxiliary panel appears.

Google now seems to be bringing the light bar to non-Pixel 4 devices as part of a recent assistant design. Here are some key tweets from “Compact Assistant” that have been A / B tested in recent weeks.

It starts by removing the pill-shaped controls at the bottom of your screen. Lens, voice and keyboard lookups are no longer grouped together. And there is no microphone that animates the four dots and a waveform later as you speak. It has been replaced by a light bar to signal that the assistant is actively listening.

Like the Pixel 4, the keyboard entry has been moved to the right corner, while the snapshot feed can be accessed from the edge. In the meantime, the lens icon has been moved to the front of the suggestion chips carousel. Until the end, here’s a huge “Hi, how can I help?” Prompt with logo above.

We’ve confirmed that it’s not a fast, on-device support that’s currently only available on the Pixel 4 and expected on the 4A – because continuous conversation with this new design isn’t available on the phone.

This design will replace the compact auxiliary design. However, the results here do not take the full screen, thus preserving the context of what you were doing before.

Both pixel and non-pixel devices have at least two reports of this design. It is still not widely rotated.

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