A few weeks in the past, a brand new interface appeared for certainly one of our tipsters on his Nest Hub Max. He confirmed us the tabbed UI, with extra on-device controls and actionable playing cards, in a short video that had revealed it all — or so we thought on the time. What we’re discovering now’s that there is a new darkish mode coming to the Hub Max (and probably different good shows?) and a brand new tap-and-hold gesture as nicely.
Within the new video beneath, courtesy of the identical tipster, Jan Boromeusz, you’ll be able to see the brand new interface’s on-boarding expertise. Assistant’s useful voice ought to information you thru the totally different adjustments, explaining the tab strip on high, but in addition the choice to faucet and maintain any card to get extra choices. At this level, the one two prospects appear to be dismissing it and opening it, although I hope extra actions could possibly be added later (by no means present this card once more, disguise for in the present day, and so on…).
However everyone knows you are right here for the darkish theme, so let’s get straight to that. Across the 2:45 minute mark within the video, you’ll be able to see the “Activate darkish theme” card within the “Uncover” tab. We presume this may also be accessible from the Hub’s settings, however we’re ready for Jan to verify that to us. Tapping the cardboard reveals three theming choices: gentle, darkish, and auto — the latter “match[es] the atmosphere primarily based on dawn or sundown or ambient gentle situations.”
The sneak peek may be very temporary, although, and we solely get to see one display screen dotted with the darkish mode (we have requested Jan for an extended video or extra pictures, and can replace this put up if we get them). However from the little we see, evidently all the interface switches to darkish grey, with lighter playing cards, just like what we have come to anticipate from Google’s varied cell apps.
An automated darkish mode is lengthy overdue and greater than welcome on good shows. When it is late at evening or early within the morning, and the lights are off, nobody desires to stare into an eye-searing vibrant white display screen. Even the Ambient EQ, low-light mode, minimum brightness, and different choices cannot exchange a correct darkish mode, and that appears to be on the best way. Hopefully, it will make it to all Assistant shows and never simply Google’s first-party Nest Hubs.
If you happen to’re keen to do that up to date interface and darkish theme, I am sorry to let you know there’s nothing you are able to do to get them straight away. Jan is working software program model v32.24.0, which so far as we all know hasn’t rolled out broadly but. You may check in for the Preview program in your Nest show’s settings, and hope that’ll pace up the method, however that did not set off it for us.