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Chromecast and Smart Displays start showing portrait photos side-by-side

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

If you own a Chromecast, a Home Hub, or a Smart Display, you may soon notice something different when using Google Photos in Ambient mode. Instead of showing up centered, two related pics will display side-by-side.

The change was noticed a few days ago by our tipster on his Chromecast, and now Google has made it official in a Home Hub support document. This new behavior seems to be coming to all devices capable of showing Photos in Ambient mode then.

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Chromecast and Smart Displays start showing portrait photos side-by-side was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

How to set up Live Albums and recent photo highlights on Google Home Hub (and other Smart Displays)

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Live Albums were one of the most appealing features announced last week for Google Home Hub and other Smart Displays. They let you create a dynamic album from your Google Photos that automatically updates and contains photos of specific people in your life. The ability to make Live Albums rolled out to the Photos app, but it wasn't until yesterday that the albums started working properly in Ambient Mode on Smart Displays.

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How to set up Live Albums and recent photo highlights on Google Home Hub (and other Smart Displays) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Chromecast’s Backdrop becomes Ambient Mode, adds low-bandwidth mode, temporarily removes the News source

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Last week, Cody spotted a change in the Google Home app for Chromecasts: the Backdrop feature was renamed to Ambient Mode. However, at the time, there was nothing functionally different. That is changing now, as the completely overhauled Ambient Mode settings have started to show up for some of us.

Ambient Mode organizes the settings in a new way. First, you have your different sources grouped into three categories: Photo frame, Art gallery, and Experimental.

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Chromecast's Backdrop becomes Ambient Mode, adds low-bandwidth mode, temporarily removes the News source was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home v1.30 rebrands Backdrops to Ambient Mode, continues work on Google Assistant for Households, and more [APK Teardown]

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Google Home v1.30 is rolling out today with a minor feature rebranding and some internal changes that show continued development on Google for Households, possibly with support for multiple homes. There are also more features for the smart home remote control, and Smart Displays will use the Google Home app to set up Duo calling. As always, download links are at the bottom.

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Unofficial Changelog: (the stuff we found)

  • Renaming Backdrops to Ambient mode

Backdrops becomes Ambient mode

  

Left: v1.29.

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Google Home v1.30 rebrands Backdrops to Ambient Mode, continues work on Google Assistant for Households, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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