Redesigned Google Home app makes it easier to control

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(Pocket-lint) – A major overhaul is rolling out to the Google Home app in a new update, allowing users to tweak their smart home devices faster.

It looks like the Home app version 2.49 will see the long-standing device grid replaced with a new view.

Google says in the release notes that “the updated Home view helps you adjust your devices with fewer taps”, with the ability to adjust the brightness of a light or the volume of a speaker now available directly in the tab.

Previously, this required the user to scroll through their rooms and devices before tapping and adjusting.

Devices can now be turned on or off with a single tap, with a swipe left or right representing settings and a long press to reveal more controls. Instead of icons for these devices, there are now smaller rectangle-shaped tiles that are titled with the product name.

It also takes up less space on the Home tab, which means you can control more of your devices without having to scroll.

Google notes that the new update will be rolling out to iOS devices over the “next few weeks”, although there is currently no clear indication of when the update will be on Android phones.

As always with this sort of thing, however, we expect it to release quietly over the same timeframe.

After all, a quick scroll on Twitter will see plenty of examples of Android users who have the new update layout.

Written by Conor Allison.

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