Google unveiled a refreshed Smart Display user interface (UI) earlier this month at its I/O conference, with the new design having been initially demonstrated on the Nest Hub Max. The fresh UI is now reportedly rolling out to other smart display devices including Google's Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub).
The latest change introduces a more personal feel to how the background looks when users begin to swipe through the cards for various apps like YouTube and Google News. For example, the bright wallpaper is now being replaced with a blurred version of whatever is on the Ambient Mode, including your photos or the clock. It should be noted that this applies only when the first tap is made; the white background returns as users swipe through the succeeding cards.
While the Ambient Mode or Photo Frame remains the default home screen, the dedicated weather forecast is now gone. Thankfully, the detailed forecast can still be accessed in full-screen view by tapping the weather icon. The time and date have become noticeably larger than before, though they have been relocated to the bottom-left corner.
In addition to the Nest Hub, the update is also expected to hit other Smart Displays manufactured by Lenovo and JBL as part of the new Google Home firmware version 1.39154941. The update is said to be part of Google's groundwork for the Nest Hub Max, which will display Duo messages and reminders on the home screen using facial recognition.