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Google Home is about to get this huge upgrade

Google Home
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After Alexa, Google Home is the largest smart home platform, enabling you to control any number of lights, locks, and plugs just by saying "Hey Google." However, navigating the Google Home app isn't the most intuitive.

That could change with the newest version of the Google Home app, which promises a streamlined interface that will make it easier to connect to and control smart speakers and other smart home devices. 

The redesigned app (version for Android, and version 2.22.116 on iOS devices) separates your rooms, groups, and devices into its own "Rooms and devices" menu higher up in the hierarchy, making it easier to discover. Simply tap the Settings icon in the top section of the home screen to find the new menu structure.

Additionally, a Services menu will provide access to streaming music and video services as well as video calls. It will also contain the Shopping list and 'Works with Google,' a list of all services compatible with Google's smart home platform. 

Other updates to the interface include a Features section, showing you notifications and a menu called Digital Wellbeing, where you can set limits on how often and when connected smart home devices are used.

These changes are certainly welcome compared to the current app, though, as we've noted in the past, Google needs to do more to enable the types of smart home interactions that are available in Alexa, as well as with Nest, which Google acquired and is in the process of integrating.

Michael A. Prospero is the deputy editor at Tom’s Guide. He oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories, but also tests out the latest standing desks, webcams, drones, and electric scooters. He has worked at Tom's Guide for many a year; before that, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight or chagrin of his family.