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[Idea] The new “What song’s playing?” area on Pixel’s always-on screen should be a permanent location for Google Now/Assistant notifications (mock-up inside)

We’re all familiar with the problem: Google Now cards are supposed to be there right when we need it, presenting us with relevant information without requiring any input from us, but Google never *really* pulled that off. It’s still too cumbersome to reach them: you have to go to the Google app, ignore all those news articles you’re not really interested in and click the “Upcoming” button… and you’re never sure if you’re gonna find anything in there anyways, it’s mostly just the weather, and a traffic update even if you don’t own a car or use public transport.

Then I saw the new feature of the Pixels where it inconspicuously displays what song is playing at the moment on the bottom of the always-on display. It’s a cute touch, but it’s too special a treatment for an ultimately niche feature. What if that area was not used just for song identification, but as a permanent notification area for whatever’s the most pertinent/urgent Google Now/Assistant card is at the moment? Where you parked your car, if your flight is delayed, if your package is shipped… the usual stuff, but now it’s not bothersome to reach, but not in your way either. Double tapping would take you directly to the “Upcoming” tab (or whatever). It could default to weather when there isn’t any other urgent info, or it could just be black…

I think (something like) this could be a much more seamless experience than what we have now. [Here’s an album of examples I quickly threw together](https://imgur.com/a/gCHYb). What do you think?


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