One of the most significant updates to Google TV in recent months has begun to roll out, and it is a new screensaver with proactive tailored results.

Proactive personal results, which were first introduced in November of last year, are a new feature for Google TV’s screensaver, which previously just displayed a slideshow of photographs from either other galleries or a user’s own Google Photos library. The new Ambient Mode cards were meant to start coming out in December of last year, according to what Google originally told us, but they never did.

It was first said that the updated screensaver would have glanceable information including weather, news, sports scores, and other customized information. This carousel was also planned to include podcasts from Google Podcasts and music apps like Spotify.

As of last night, we were able to observe this feature in use, and it appears that Google completely redesigned it from the start. The cards along the bottom of the display are now much smaller. They display a Spotify playlist, a YouTube video, a Google Podcasts program, a general Google Assistant query, and a card with the current weather in our case. Every time we used the Google TV Ambient Mode screensaver, these recommendations changed just a little bit, but they mostly stayed the same in terms of card arrangement.

A notification stating that proactive personal results are now on was our first indication that this functionality was live. This alert opens a new section of Google Assistant’s settings page where the proactive screensaver results can be completely disabled.

According to what we can determine, this update is currently beginning to roll out, albeit it might only be available in very small amounts as of early Monday morning. The Mecool KD3, which we recently reviewed, is the only device on which we have seen the update so far. Our most recent TCL 6-Series devices and Chromecast with Google TV devices have yet to display the capability or its accompanying settings. It’s probably a sure thing that a server-side change to Play Services will turn the switch.

If it appears for you, please let us know in the comments. Google initially claimed that this function was only available in the US.
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