Google Home’s grid redesign allows for quick device controls

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The Google Home app gets a pretty big overhaul to the device grid that makes it quicker to control smart gadgets right from the main tab. This is more or less similar to the device controls page on Android 11+.

According to the 2.49 release notes, an “updated home view helps you adjust your devices with less tapping.”

Quickly find what you’re looking for, dim your compatible lights, and change music volume in a snap. Tap to turn a device on or off, swipe left or right to make settings, and long tap for more controls.

Instead of devices being represented entirely by large icons that mimic the real object, the Google Home grid switches to tiles in the shape of rounded rectangles. A device icon still appears inside, but you now have fully interactive buttons.

You will be able to turn the lights on/off and play/pause the media with a simple touch, which is already possible today with the button under the device icon. However, you can now also swipe left or right to make volume and brightness adjustments. A long press will reveal full-page controls, while the background serves as a more obvious way to convey device status.

Google Home iOS Release Notes say this feature will roll out “over the next few weeks”. Starting today, sideloading Google Home 2.49.1.8 to android brings up the grid redesign, although we have successfully activated it, as shown in the cover image at the top.

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Dylan Roussel contributed to this article

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