Google Home owners are getting a cool new feature upgrade

The Google Home app is going to make it easier and quicker to control your smart home stuff

Google Home Mini
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Google Home is one of the giants of smart home technology, embracing Google Nest devices, some of the best smart speakers  and many of the best smart security devices, too.

And that means any updates to the Google Home app will affect huge numbers of people. So we think lots of people will be pleased with the incoming Google Home app update on Android and iOS.

The update was spotted by 9to5Google.com (opens in new tab), who found it in the release notes for the iOS app. It hasn't been rolled out on iOS yet, though: it's due "over the next few weeks" according to Google, which is when we'd expect the Android version to drop too.

Google Home app redesign: do more things more quickly

The changes to the app make it look and work more like the Device controls page in version 11 onwards of Android, and according to Google it will "help you adjust your devices with fewer taps". That means faster access to your smart light controls, to the volume of music on your smart speaker, and easier access to more advanced controls by long-pressing the device icons. The background will also make it easier to see the status of a device, for example by making it obvious if your smart lights are on or off and how bright they are.

This might not seem like a huge update but if you're anything like me you're interacting with your smart home kit quite a lot, and all those little interactions add up – so anything that makes those interactions a little faster will make your smart home life a little better.

If you're on Android and you really can't wait for the update, you can get the update by sideloading the latest Google Home APK – it's version 2.49.1.8.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).