It was last October when Google first showed off the new Google Home experience. Then, in November, the Google update testing program was opened to users, and it remained there for several months. This week, Google seems to be happy with where the app is and is indeed rolling out an update to all users around the world.
Google says that over half a million people have signed up to test the latest Google Home app, which doesn’t shock me as the original screenshots of the app looked very colorful and beautiful. After being accepted into the program, I could tell that there was still a lot of work to be done, but now, after a few months, I can confirm that the application is in a much better position. In addition to the work Google has already done, the Nest team says they’ve made over 50 improvements to the app, such as the ability to rearrange favorites, a new inbox where you’ll receive actionable notifications, an improved Activity tab, and more.
For Wear OS users, Favorites can now be accessed from the wrist, and improved camera notifications are included with animated previews for your camera. Google also took the time to announce that the original Nest cameras will be supported on the app soon, with a public preview getting access to it for the first time in July.
The last part is exclusively for Pixel owners. Next month, Google’s Feature Drop will introduce a Pixel-exclusive home bar that gives you one-tap access to your Google Home, right from your Android lock screen or quick settings. “It will make it easier and faster to manage the devices, automations, and actions you use most, such as turning off the lights, adjusting the temperature, or viewing the camera, without having to open the device, go to the app, and find what you need. you are looking for,” explains Google.
Google Home users will see the updated app roll out to iOS and Android this week.