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New consumer gear debuts at Europe's largest tech show

An Android tablet running in "ambient mode."
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.