The ambient mode of Google Assistant was initially intended for smart display devices. But since then, Google has also extended it to two smartphones. Ambience mode lets you control song tracks, view Google Photos albums, or even control your smart home devices. It even allows you to take a look at various events such as notifications, calendars, reminders, etc. All of this could be done without unlocking your device.
The ambient mode of Google Assistant only works while your device is charging. Therefore, the question of draining the battery will not even arise in the first place. However, not all devices have received this update. What is more surprising is that even the Pixel series does not even appear in the list of candidates. That said, let's take a look at the devices that received the Google Assistant Ambient Mode feature. Plus, you can even let Google Assistant read you the news. Check out our guide on the same.
Google Ambient Mode wizard: list of supported devices
Currently, Nokia, Xiaomi, Sony, Transsion and some Lenovo tablets supports this mode. Within these OEMs, you will find below the devices that confirm ambient support in Google Assistant:
- Nokia 6.1
- Nokia 6.1 Plus
- Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
- POCOPhone F1
- Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab
- Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD.
Your device must also run on Android Oreo 8.1 or later. Also note that this list is not the last and that Google will continue to add new devices in the near future.
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How to enable ambient mode in Google Assistant
If you encounter a device from any of the manufacturers above, follow the steps below to enable the ambient mode in Google Assistant. You can now even let the Wizard app make voice calls and WhatsApp video. Consult our guide to find out more.
- Invoke the Google Assistant application through your preferred method.
- Then press the To explore present icon at the bottom right.
- Then press your avatar and select Settings.
- Go to Assistant tab and under Peripheral wizards, Press on Phone.
- Under personalization, turn on Ambient mode switch.
That's it. You have successfully enabled the ambient mode on your Google Assistant. Here are some of the things that could be done. However, if you are having problems with the wizard application, do not forget to check out these wizard patches.
Shortcuts in ambient mode
In the Ambient mode home screen, you can do the following without unlocking your device:
- Activate do not disturb mode.
- Set an alarm
- Video capture
- Play night sounds
By default, you will not see any notification of any application in Google Assistant's ambient mode. To activate it, tap on the See your notifications in ambient mode option. In the next screen that appears, tap Activate in settings. This will take you to the The notifications section. Activate the rocker next to Google.
Photo album in the lock screen
To see an album on your home screen, turn on the Photo frame on ambient screen option. This is located under the personalization Google Assistant tab. Then press Select Google Photos albums. This will take you to pics app (which has just received a markup tool). Just select the album you want to see on your lock screen.
This was only Google Assistant's Ambient Mode feature. We can not help but notice the strange selections of OEMs receiving this update. One of Pixel's USP devices is that they are sure to be the first to receive the latest Google features. But with the device completely absent from this list, Google surely did not meet his expectations (perhaps another reason why we should not buy a pixel 4?). The omission of Samsung devices is also quite surprising.
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