An Android tablet running in "ambient mode." Photo: Google
Fall's big electronics show, IFA Berlin, kicked off with a flurry of announcements of new consumer tech.
Why it matters: Not only is IFA one of the world's biggest consumer electronics trade shows, but its early fall timing makes it a key launch point for devices that will arrive before the holidays.
Details: Google unveiled a new Ambient Mode for Google Assistant, basically a way to turn idle phones and tablets into Smart Displays. Initially it will work with some Lenovo tablets and Nokia phones.