Announcing the major UI update for auxiliary smart displays last October, Google is also annoyed with the addition of Sunrise alarms. This feature of Android is now starting to be offered as part of the new alarm experience for Nest Hub.
Today, “Hey, Google, show me my alarms,” or dragging up from the bottom of the Nest Hub and touching the alarm icon brings up a carousel where each alarm is placed next to each other in a circle. There is a FAB in the lower left corner to create a new one.
The new user interface uses a list of time, date and a switch to turn each line on / off. Touching Set Alarm will take you to the same scrolling selection tool as before, but now there is a second step to determine if it repeats, sets the sound, activates the sunrise alarm or in the morning:
- Repeat: Choose Sunday ̵
- Tone signal: A total of 20, grouped by Light, Medium, Heavy and Natural with the possibility of a preview of each.
- Sunrise alarm: Like the Pixel Stand and later all phones with Google Clock installed, “the screen will slowly light up like a sunrise to gently wake you up.” You can then specify whether the room lighting should also “light up to wake you gently” or have a “Pre-alarm” – “a soothing sound that is played when the sunrise alarm starts”. The last customization allows you to determine how long the effects will play: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 minutes.
- Morning routine: Can be triggered automatically after you cancel your alarm.
In the meantime, the main list allows you to access the “Default Alarm Settings”. There is a slider for the alarm volume and the added option to select the duration of “Silence after” and “Snooze length”.
Google first tested this redesigned Smart Display experience in September for a limited number of users. As of today, Nest Hubs – regular, not Max – in version 1.52 of the preview channel (home app> Device settings> Device information> Preview program) have access to the new alarm experience.
This is a full-featured upgrade that meets the wider interface overhaul to provide more control over the device. Given the current availability of a preview, we hope to launch more widely for all smart displays in the coming weeks.
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