A revamp of the Google Home app along with the Nest Mini, Wifi, and new Aware subscription was unveiled at this month’s hardware event. With a consolidated look and more functionality, this redesign will be coming to iOS “over the next few days” and rolling out on Android already.
A much simpler and cleaner design features in the new Google Home app. Instead of four tabs, the companion client now has only two central parts to manage your home assistant. The Home tab is more or less the same, showing fast shortcuts to turn off lights, call home, start routines, and more.
There is a new Media button that lists through a new card-based interface all active audio or video with revamped controls. Each sheet notes the app in control and includes the usual controls. With a blurred background and a quick button to stop, cover art and album details are noted. There are also volume controls and audio synchronization to other devices that are part of stream transmission.
Below is the same list of rooms and all devices of the Assistant, including next week’s Nest Wifi. Just like the full standalone Google Wifi app, you can see all the devices on your network, run speed tests, and more.
Your profile image— with Google One ring if you are a member — is located in the top-right corner, replacing the account tab. On the other hand, a plus icon allows you to add new devices.
The new Google Home app’s marquee feature is the feed tab containing “your home recap.” It “highlights important events in your home,” such as notifications and alerts to security. It will show video or audio clips and suggestions such as building a Guests Wi-Fi network. Sections include Discover and “Priority Events” (for device tips).
There is also a “Home history” feature that can be accessed at the very bottom of the preferences from the Settings shortcut. Once populated, it allows you to filter by device or alert what happened in the past.
Notwithstanding the “next days” guidance on the release notes of the App Store, after closing the app in multitasking and relaunching, it is already live on my iPhone. There are also reports from a server-side patch of the new Google Home app which appears on Ios. Although not widely roll out as on iOS, both are coming before the feed timeline provided at the October 15th event “early next year.”