Earlier this year we saw a major update to the Nest Hub and similar Google-powered smart speakers that had a bunch of features and a cute little guy named “Weather frog“While the Sanrio-style frog is the only animated screen of its kind to date, alternatives come rolling when the latest leaks are a clue.
9to5 Google reports that the frame for additional “character clocks” in versions 1.54 and 1.56 of Nest Hub Max is available under the “Character” option in the Settings menu. For the most part, the discovered interface appears to be placeholders relating to “A Link” and “Web Ambient” elements. But the hint seems clear: at least at Google, someone is working on expanding the current system.
We’ll have to wait and see if that manifests itself as new versions of the weather frog (weather dog? Weather parrot? Weather naked mole rat?). “Characters” could be a broader term referring to animated home screens, and of course it could be a change that Google doesn’t end up making at all.