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Google is rolling out a new look for the Assistant settings page on Android

Google is rolling out a new look for the Assistant settings page on Android

Ever since Google introduced the Assistant back in 2016, the company has been making it smarter with new features and capabilities. But with feature creep comes settings freak — the Assistant settings page has always been kinda confusing and convoluted even for techy folks. Google experimented with a cleaner design earlier this year, and now it seems to be rolling out more broadly — but with a few new tweaks.

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Google Assistant tests tab-less settings interface with search bar

Google Assistant tests tab-less settings interface with search bar

A long time ago (prior to 2018, to be specific), Google Assistant's settings came without the now-familiar tabbed interface. Much like the system settings, different sections were accessible via top-level entries. It looks like Google is experimenting with a return to something akin to that old interface. A current A/B test spotted by 9to5Google puts a search bar at the top of the settings and gets rid of the tabs.

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Reminders are starting to show up in Google Assistant and Home's settings

Reminders are starting to show up in Google Assistant and Home's settings

For the longest time, it seemed like there was no sense in the madness for the way Google displays different things and settings between the Feed, Assistant, Search, and other entities, but I'm starting to spot a pattern where all of the Assistant-related features are being moved to the Assistant. Today's news falls right into that scope: Reminders are now shown along with other Assistant settings such as Shortcuts, Purchases, Home control, and more.

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