The “Updates” feed from Google Assistant provides a visual overview of your day that resembles the original Google Now feed. A drastically different design is now being tested on Android which organizes data chronologically.
This evening, one Brazilian user opened Assistant Updates to find a new feed iteration. There’s a personalized greeting in the right corner, like the current design, but it’s smaller.
How cards are arranged by date is the key difference in this redesign of Google Assistant Updates. Items that “Today” may be useful or relevant are first presented. In this example, the “Weather” is listed as the current city is noted by Google. An icon on the left is followed by the underlying high / low temperature and condition.
A chevron expands the card to reveal an hourly forecast, while shortcuts — possibly for assistant searches— allow you to see the weather for “Tomorrow,” “This weekend,” and “This weekend.” Overflow menus slide up sheets with options such as switching units, dismissing cards, and setting open. The weather card takes on a beautiful aqua background that stands out from the bright feed.
Certain parts are “Next week” and “Next month later.” Cards contain calendar events here, but deliveries (from Gmail) would make sense as well. Basic information is noted while each appointment can be extended to “View in Calendar” to reveal guests or access.
The Google Assistant Updates redesign signals a shift from the organization of cards by topic— “Coming up for you” and “Keep track of things” — to a more straightforward timeline that could be arranged more clearly for users. This is a very small A / B sample, not living on any device we’ve been testing today. It could also be an early prototype with more details likely to feature the final design.