The battle for control over your smart home technology has been fierce for years, but it’s about to escalate as Google rolls out a classic Smart Display UI overhaul – which could change the way that you interact with your Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max, or other smart display hardware.
We got a preview of the redesign, thanks to some handy leaks, but while this is just a preview, Google has confirmed the rollout of the new UI to those in the preview program with version 32.28. .38.336575889. The new update actually introduces a few cool new tricks that were latent on the original Nest Hub – or at least have been tweaked.
A brand new tour will be available as soon as the update takes you through the entire new UI, but here are some of the highlights of the smart screen redesign:
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Rather than just having random items and toggles available with a touch or using voice commands, the new Smart Display design brings a “Your Day” home view that updates in real time. This means it will transform and update to give you relevant information and news articles, toggles and quick actions throughout a 24 hour period.
This should learn more about your usage, with your feed improving over time.
The new tabbed view creates a real separation between everything on your Nest Hub or smart display, with a “main” view of the home that features floating rounded square bubbles with key information “at a glance”. eye ”such as current weather conditions, notable switches for the smart home, and more.
So you have a main “home” view, but above it is a series of tabs with categories for the new account-specific controls. There are dedicated tabs for “Home Controls” which include quick switches for things like lights, TVs, thermostats, and more.
It also shows all other connected smart displays in one easy-to-access panel. Think of it as a “real” hub for handling exactly what each of your devices is doing right now. This can save time if you prefer to use touch controls rather than voice commands to manage smart home technology.
Another notable point is the part-specific controls and overview that are available. If you prefer to manage smart home technology room by room, it could be easier.
A bigger part of the redesign of the Smart Display and Nest Hub UI is the focus on media. It has always been like a inclusion rather than a focused or refined portion of the screens powered by the Google Assistant. There is a certain intersection between the “Media” section and that of the recent Google TV redesign for Android TV.
You will receive recommendations from services like Netflix, YouTube, and other connected streaming services. Recommendations are pulled from your viewing history on platforms like YouTube, where you can see recent subscriptions and uploads from your favorite channels. Integration with YouTube TV is also much greater, with live channels more visible and accessible from this view, provided the service is available in your region.
Oddly enough, Google considers Google News to be a media source in the same vein as YouTube Music, YouTube, and Netflix in this section. I guess technically they are correct, what is the best kind of correct.
A truly awesome new section that, again, showcases the ‘hub’ element of Smart Display and Nest Hub hardware by giving you quick toggles for all the direct communication services your device is capable of.
The new Family Contacts option connects to contacts linked to your account, allowing you to create a quick access tab or icon for speed dialing those in your home / household – such as siblings, parents, children, spouses , etc. While setting up, tapping on it will just call that person instantly.
It’s also possible to broadcast messages to all smart screens in your home, as well as quick access buttons to start a Google Meet video call, Google Duo video, or voice call.
Think of it as a hybrid of the Google Discover feed that you’ll see on your Android device, but with a few more personalized recommendations that make sense on home technology. You’ll get things like recommendations or recipe ideas, quick toggles for creating lists and checklists, plus the redesigned Smart Display and Nest Hub that includes nifty tips for other features. .
You will be provided with tips for research, information, and skills that you may not have used or are aware of.
We can’t talk about a redesign of the Smart Display and Nest Hub UI without mentioning the updated and improved animations. Previous animations were smooth, but Google added character and “bounce” to swipes and tapping in this audience version of the preview.
Finally, there’s a Dark Mode or Dark Theme for Nest Hub and Smart Display with the latest UI overhaul, and it’s available in Settings or can be toggled during the initial setup process. You can apply it the same way you would on your smartphone with an option to automatically switch between standard lighting modes and new dark modes depending on the time and lighting of the room. room, which makes a smart screen much better than a bedroom alarm clock.
How do I get the smart display redesign on my Nest Hub?
To get the updated interface and added features on your own Nest Hub hardware, you need to join the preview program. Just open the Google Home app, find the device you want to update> Settings> Preview Schedule> Join Preview Schedule.
Now you’ll want to restart your device a few times to start the update, and in a few hours the update should be available on your Nest Hub or compatible smart display.
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