Google Assistant with compact UI sees wider rollout in beta

Google has been testing a more compact Assistant UI for months, and it looks like the new UI is receiving a wider rollout — albeit for users with the Google App beta release.

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According to 9to5Google, the redesigned Assistant UI has a more compact appearance than the existing one. It, however, is not the same as the new Google Assistant, both in terms of looks and functionality, as seen on the Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4a.

As you can see in the screenshots embedded above, the panel that pops up after starting the Assistant is shorter than before, and UI elements are also placed closer together. The bottom bar that has shortcuts to start Google Lens, voice search, and manual keyboard entry is unchanged. The Google Assistant panel no longer covers the entire display when showing an answer, too. Some results, including music, take up the bottom portion of your screen, while others, like the weather, will take up the majority of your screen in order to provide more information.

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The more compact UI is an improvement because it provides users with the information they need without feeling intrusive. You can get the information you asked for and continue to see what it was you were doing.

Although the more compact UI is slowly seeing a wider rollout, it’s primarily available for Google App beta users. It’s unclear if or when the redesign will be available for everyone, but with increased availability, it could be sooner rather than later.

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