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Google launches new Nest Hub alert interface with ‘Sunrise’



In announcing the major UI upgrade for Assistant Smart Display in October last year, Google also teased the addition of Sunrise Alarms. The Android feature is now starting to roll out as part of a new alarm experience for Nest Hub.

Today, “Hello Google, show me my alarms” or swipe up from the bottom of a Nest Hub and tap the alarm icon showing a carousel where each alarm is placed side by side in a circle. There is a FAB in the bottom left corner to create a new one.

The new user interface uses a list of times, dates and on / off on each line. Pressing “Set an alarm” will take you to the same scrolling selector as before, but there is now a second step to determine if it is repeated, sets the sound, activates Sunrise Alarm or Morning Routine:

  • Repeat: Select Sunday ̵
    1; Saturday.
  • Alarm tone: A total of 20 grouped by light, medium, heavy and natural with the ability to preview each.
  • Sunrise alarm: As on Pixel Stand and later all phones with Google Clock installed, “the screen will slowly brighten up like a sunrise to wake you up gently.” You can then specify whether room light should also “light to wake you up carefully”, or have a “Pre-alarm” – “soothing sound that plays when the sunrise alarm begins.” The last adjustment allows you to decide how long the effect should be played: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 minutes.
  • Morning routine: Can be triggered automatically after you cancel the alarm.

Meanwhile, the main list also allows you to access “Default alarm settings.” There is an alarm volume slider and the additional option to select the duration “Silence after” and “Snooze length”.

Google first tested this updated Smart Display experience in September for a limited number of users. As of today, Nest Hubs – regular, not Max – version 1.52 of the preview channel (Home app> Device settings> Device information> Preview application) has access to the new alarm experience.

It is a full-fledged upgrade that matches the wider interface overhaul to provide more controls on the device. Given the current preview availability, it will hopefully see a wider launch in the coming weeks to all smart screens.

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