The Google Home app gets a much-needed overhaul with interactive buttons


The Google Home app is getting a new design that should make it much more intuitive, according to a report from 9to5Google. The upcoming 2.49 update will allow you to interact with your devices from a single screen, similar to the device control panel on phones with Android 11 and above.

Judging by the update’s release notes on the App Store, it seems like Google is hoping to make the app a lot more user-friendly than it is now, saying it should help you “find quickly find what you’re looking for, dim your compatible lights and change music volume in a snap. Specifically, you can tap a device to turn it on or off, swipe left or right on certain items, such as lights or speakers to adjust brightness and volume, as well as long press on a device to see more options.

Google Home received its last major design change in 2018 – and later added controls to change the color of your lights – but has remained largely the same since. That left us with a clunky app that forces us to tap into each device to make specific tweaks (though there are still one-tap controls like turning things on or off).

Google says the redesign will be rolling out “over the next few weeks,” and even having the most recent version of the app on iOS or Android might not be enough to see the changes. Some users, like the former editor of XDA Developers Mishaal Rahmanhave successfully downloaded the 2.49.1.8 update on Android and accessed the new settings.




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