Spotted by Reddit users
(via 9to5 Google
), it appears that Google is testing a new UI for Google Assistant
. Instead of the white box that pops up when the virtual personal assistant is activated, a transparent overlay with the words "Hi, I’m listening" covers the bottom third of the screen. That tells you that Google Assistant is ready to hear your question or request. At the bottom of the overlay are icons for the Update page and the virtual QWERTY keyboard, with the Google Pixel
light bar underneath. Once the user gives his command to Google Assiatant, or swipes up, the currently used full page in white is displayed.
Google is running a limited A/B test of the new UI, which is offered with version 184.108.40.206 of the Google app. It is unclear whether Google plans to roll this redesign out to all users, but it is interesting that no mention of this was made at Google I/O last week. It is possible that feedback generated by the A/B testing will be the final piece of the puzzle used to help Google determine whether to keep this new look for the feature.
A new UI is being tested for Google Assistant