In Android 12, Google is (again) renaming its smart home controls

In Android 12, Google is (again) renaming its smart home controls

Tech Highlights:

  • It’s an odd flip flop that doesn’t match what people really want: the return of the power button shortcut. Without much time left before a stable release, it seems like we’re stuck with Google’s new smart home controls after all. For more about Android 12, check out our ongoing series coverage here, or bookmark our regularly updated changelog and check back in later. If you want to install the developer preview on your own device, find out how in our Android 12 download guide.

  • Google relocated all of its smart home controls from the power menu to a new toggle in Android 12 Beta 2, and it’s getting a new — or rather, old — moniker in this week’s release. One of the most divisive changes in Android 12 has been Google’s choice to move shortcuts for all of your smart plugs and light bulbs. The shortcut was originally called “Device controls,” however in Beta 3 it was renamed “Home controls.” This week’s update reverts to its previous format.

Will has been an Android enthusiast since he got his first smartphone in 2011. He loves watching movies, has a never-ending backlog of video games, and produces podcasts in his spare time. He lives in Buffalo, NY and is willing to give you chicken wing recommendations at any time. Just ask. Subscribe to Android Police’s weekly newsletter, with the biggest stories, latest deals, and insight on the week’s news. Just enter your email below.

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