Google Home v2.6 brings huge redesign, in-app smart home controls

After today's Made by Google event where Google took the wraps off the new Home View controls for Google Smart Displays, we're now getting an update to the Google Home app to bring smart home control right into the redesigned Google Home app.

This is a major update to the usability of the Home app that up until now had little operational use aside from managing your Assistant account and paired devices. If you don't like the way your home screens look or act, you can simply download an app to change all of ...

Let's see how these first-party smart displays compare.

Starting with the Google Home app, the redesign brings all compatible smart devices in one place, and enables controlling them more easily, without having to go to each device's app separately.

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There's also no camera on the Google Home Hub, unlike the other smart displays. I have the 10-inch Lenovo model on my bedroom nightstand and I keep the camera covered unless I'm on a Google Duo call, which is rare. When configured, the Hub knows which room you're in and provides information on temperature and lighting as well. You'll also find easier access to the Google Assistant button, as it has been snuck onto the Google widget. As you can see from the image above, you can use it to guide you through cooking something. You can play YouTube videos as well, although it doesn't yet support playing content you've purchased on Google Play Movies & TV. As more pictures of those people are added, Google will dynamically update the album on the Home Hub. This includes that notch on the Pixel 3 XL, which many were hoping is not real. there was even a rumor that Google is hiding a special Pixel 3 Ultra up its sleeve - a phone with a huge display and no notch or chin to speak of.

The smart home consumer at-large however just wants a clean, simple way to interact with the devices they have.

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