An upcoming update to the Nest Hub and other smart displays powered by Google Assistant is about to roll out.
The update brings a lot of interesting new features like to help you wake up better with sunrise alarms, to give you a fun option on your home screen wallpaper, and to give you more tools to keep your family updated.
When creating a new alarm on the Nest Hub, there’s a special sunrise setting that, when enabled, will attempt to mimic a sunrise, reads a new report from Android Police. If you’re unfamiliar a sunrise alarm, they use a light to slowly brighten your room to wake you up without a jarring alarm tone. The Nest Hub can now do this without needing a dedicating sunrise alarm device.
There appears to be different levels you can use with sunrise alarm, including light and medium, each with their own tone. The update also includes a new alarm UI on the Nest Hub that provides users with better control over alarm tones, days an alarm repeats, snooze duration, and more.
The Sticky Notes feature is also coming to Nest Hub smart displays with this update. Aside from family sticky notes, the new Family tab provides quick access to the Family Bells, Life360 tracking, and activities for kids. You can create a new family stick note by tapping on the yellow card in the Family tab, or by saying, “Hey Google, add a family note.”
Finally, the update also includes the ability to add the Google weather frog as an ambient background. “Experience the weather with a lovable frog,” the new card says. You can set the Google weather frog as your background of choice by going to Settings > Photo frame. The background will change depending on what the weather is like and time of day, so it isn’t just static.
All these features are arriving as a server-side change, excluding the new alarm interface. Make sure that you have the latest update installed on your smart display or Nest Hub.