The new year is off to a pretty good start for Google’s app. According to information from 9to5Google, it will soon benefit from a new interface. It will have new features that will help better control connected products.
According to media reports, the application, which has become an indispensable tool for home automation in smart homes, will now display full touch-button control. According to the Mountain View giant’s plans, the redesigned buttons and new remote control compatibility should make it easier to activate intelligent functions on connected devices such as smart TVs.
Versatile use by supporting the new Matter standard
Google Home’s guiding principle has always been to make it easier for its users to interact with connected home products. Those responsible for the application do not intend to change course for 2023.
In any case, this is the message that Google seems to be conveying through its new interface. The latter should undoubtedly bring more versatility to the tool’s current functionalities. To do this, buttons will be added to the screen that will make it easier to control products from the Google Home ecosystem, which, by the way, now support the new Matter standard. For those who don’t know, the Matter standard aims to ensure the compatibility of connected objects from installation to configuration.
Logically, the benefits associated with Matter should be felt in Google Home’s new way of controlling connected objects. It’s worth pointing out that the visual representation of the redesigned UI is actually a loan from the Nest Hub remotes. Either way, it’s definitely a step forward, as 9to5Google has confirmed that it’s seen streamlined control of devices like TVs and air conditioners during its preview tests.
Users who have smart TVs in particular that support Assistant or Home can perform various actions such as switching on or off sober thanks to the redesigned buttons.
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A new command button shape and compatibility with Cast
The new Google Home interface will not only facilitate classic functions such as adjusting the volume on TVs, changing channels or pausing content that is currently running. It also brings a new design for the various control buttons. These are now presented in pill form.
The new design has the advantage of offering the user a softer aesthetic appearance. Only the play and pause buttons have retained their shape (round).
We also learn that Google Home’s new interface will allow interaction with devices compatible with Cast. However, users can only enjoy it through the media control function in the app, not the remote control.
Users who are members of the Google Home Preview Program can now preview these new features to see for themselves. Information has not yet been filtered out for other Home users about the date they can have the new interface. By then, Google should announce an official release date.
Source: Android Police