Google is cleaning up its smart home app

Google wants to tidy up the event feed in its Home app to make it easier to see what’s going on in your smart home. An update coming later this month will feature a “clutter-free layout”, the the search giant says, and it will group related entries together so you don’t have to scroll through “a list of repeating events”. The above screenshot posted by the company shows a more concise and streamlined design.

Along with this feed update, the company officially announced a new centralized privacy section, along with the updated controls that started appearing last week. The privacy section launches this week and lets you manage household settings like presence detection and provides an easy view of your data. Meanwhile, new smart home controls offer a simple overview of the status of your smart home devices without requiring as many taps, similar to the controls Google included with Android 11. They will be rolling out “over the course of the next few years”. weeks,” says Google.

Redesigned device controls.
Image: Google

These are welcome additions to the Google Home app, which has remained largely unchanged since its last major overhaul in 2018 (save for a color-changing light update in 2019). Unfortunately, Google’s post doesn’t mention whether it will reduce the number of ads for Google services that currently plague the home feed.

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