- The streamlined Google Home app enhances smart homes, addressing scattered apps and complex controls.
- Matter integration promotes compatibility with 60+ device types, improving connectivity.
- New features like Favorites and Spaces offer quick access and enhanced automation capabilities.
Smart homes have promised convenience but often fall short due to scattered apps, complicated controls, and inconsistent device integration. In an effort to address these challenges, Google has introduced a revamped version of its Home app at the Google Developers Conference I/O 2023. Packed with new features and a user-friendly design, the updated app aims to streamline the connected home experience.
Google Home: Embrace smart living
Central to these enhancements is the integration of Matter, a connected home standard that Google hopes will become the industry norm. With improvements for both Android and iOS users, Google is determined to simplify and enhance the smart home ecosystem.
Google has been working to align its software with the evolving connected home standard for some time, and the latest update showcases its commitment to this goal. The Home app now supports over 60 types of devices, with controllers for these devices being updated. Notably, Apple users running iOS 16.5 can also control their Matter devices through the iOS version of the Google Home app, expanding compatibility across platforms.
Seamless app access
Users eager to explore the revamped Google Home app can now request an invite within the app itself. While the process may not be instantaneous, the wait is worthwhile. By going to the Google Home Settings menu and selecting the “Public Preview” option in the General section, users can request an invitation to try the preview. The app will then display a “Request Invite” button, guiding users through the sign-up process. It’s important to note that due to this being a public preview release, some bugs may be encountered, and Google encourages users to report any issues and provide feedback through the app’s “Submit Feedback” button.
Uncover thrilling upgrades
Once granted access to the new Google Home app, users can explore an array of exciting features. The introduction of “Favorites” pages simplifies device bookmarking, allowing for quick access to devices, cameras, and future automation. Users can now effortlessly view live streams upon opening the app. Additionally, the new “Spaces” feature enables users to conveniently monitor and control analog devices such as lights, Wi-Fi devices, and cameras.
Automate with ease
The revamped Google Home app also introduces new triggers for connected device routines. This means users can utilize motion sensors to activate lights and TVs when entering a room or have their robot vacuum cleaner and security cameras turn on automatically when locking the door. These enhanced automation capabilities further streamline and personalize the smart home experience.
Google’s new Home app represents a significant step forward in the quest for seamless and user-friendly smart homes. With Matter integration, extensive device support, and a redesigned interface, Google aims to simplify the connected home ecosystem. By introducing features like Favorites pages and Spaces, the app offers greater convenience and control. While the preview version may have some bugs, Google encourages users to provide feedback for further improvements. For those who prefer the current stable version, reverting is always an option. As smart homes continue to evolve, Google’s commitment to enhancing the user experience brings us closer to realizing the full potential of connected living.