Google Home has been redesigned for improved smart home management

Google Home has been redesigned for improved smart home management

Tech Highlights:

  • The redesign was spotted by 9to5Google, who was able to activate it on an Android phone. It replaces the current design — icons shaped roughly like the devices they’re meant to represent — with a grid of rounded, rectangular toggles. Design-wise, it resembles the Pixel Quick Settings toggles while borrowing the functionality of the Power Menu that arrived alongside Android 11. The best part about the new design is that it allows easier control of smart devices. Instead of having to dive into the individual device’s page, you can adjust the level of the best smart light bulbs or the volume of your smart speakers directly from the grid by swiping. Before this new design, you’re pretty much only able to turn a device on and off and pause music using the small toggles under each icon. Now, turning on devices will just require a tap of the new toggle, which should make the grid appear much cleaner.

  • The Google Home upgrade isn’t yet widely accessible, but it should be shortly. The Google Home app will be updated with a new grid for smart home devices. The redesigned grid allows users to rapidly modify the lighting and volume without having to access the device controls. The new look will be accessible for iOS and, most likely, Android “in the coming weeks.” Google Home is undoubtedly one of the greatest smart home applications available, and it is required for anybody who has Nest gadgets in their houses. Users should be pleased to learn that the app is being redesigned, making it easier to operate your devices directly from the app home page.

An updated home view helps you adjust your devices with fewer taps. Quickly find what you’re looking for, dim your compatible lights, and change the music volume in a snap. Tap to turn a device on or off, slide left or right to make adjustments, and long press for more controls.” This is in reference to Google Home version 2.49, which hasn’t appeared on any of our devices just yet. 9to5 was able to get the redesign to show up on their device by sideloading the latest Google Home APK. However, if the App Store entry is any indication, it shouldn’t be long before the redesign appears on iOS and hopefully the best Android phones. Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he’s not working, he’s most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

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