Google Assistant is getting a new feature that'll turn your phone or tablet into a smart display.
The new Ambient Mode of Google Assistant is a visual overview that'll show you notifications and reminders, make it easy to start a playlist, and let you control smart home devices, all from the lockscreen of your device. When you're done, the screen will turn into a digital photo frame and pull images from your Google Photos account.
Ambient Mode will launch first in the new Lenovo Smart Tab M8 HD when it's placed in its smart charging station and on the Lenovo Yoga Smart Tab when you pop out its kickstand. Google Assistant's Ambient Mode will also be available when you start charging the Nokia 7.2 or Nokia 6.2.
Google also announced today that the Assistant can now make WhatsApp audio and video calls. Just say something like "Hey Google, WhatsApp video John" and you'll begin a WhatsApp video call using just your voice.
Finally, Google has confirmed that the Assistant is coming to several new voice-activated speakers and soundbars. They include the JBL Link Music, Phillips AW25 and TAPN805 (soundbar), Konka G1, SEIKI Tough and Cigar, high fidelity Braun Audio LE01, LE02, and LE03. Google Assistant is also coming to more Android TVs from brands like Hisense, Sony, TCL, Philips, Changhong, Haier, Skyworth, Metz, Vestel, Sharp, JVC , XGIMI Projector, RCA and SmartTech.