The redesigned Google TV screen saver gets a new look

Google TV is picking up one of its most significant changes in a few months, as the platform seems to have started introducing a redesigned screen saver with “proactive personal results”.

First released last November, “Proactive Personal Results” is a new feature for Google TV’s screen saver, which traditionally only displays a slideshow of images from various galleries or from a user’s own Google Photos library. Google originally told us that these new “cards” in ambient mode were supposed to start releasing in December last year, but they never actually appeared on a broad basis.

It was originally said that the updated screen saver includes details that can be viewed, including weather, news, sports scores and other personalized information. Music apps like Spotify and podcasts from Google Podcasts are also set to appear within this carousel.

As of last night we are finally watching this feature in action and it seems to have received a complete redesign compared to Google’s original look. The tabs are now much smaller along the bottom of the screen. In our case, they display a Spotify playlist, a video on YouTube, a podcast from Google Podcast, a generic question for Google Assistant, and a local time card. These recommendations changed slightly each time we accessed the Google TV screen saver “Ambient Mode”, but for the most part they still remained the same general look of the tabs.

Our first sign that this feature was available was the announcement that “proactive personal results are now included”. This notification leads to a new section of the Google Assistant settings page that allows you to completely turn off “proactive” results in the screen saver.

From what we can conclude, this update is starts publishing, but can be ua very limited condition from Monday morning. We’ve only seen the update on one device so far, the Mecool KD3, which we recently reviewed. Our TCL 6-Series and Chromecast with Google TVs, all updated, have yet to display this feature or related settings. It is probably a safe bet that a change on the Play Services server side will turn the switch.

Let us know in the comments if it appears to you. Google originally said that this feature is limited to the United States.

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