Thursday, October 22

smart display

Google, News, smart display, Smart Home

Google tests new smart display software with a touch design

Google appears to be testing a more condensed and useful software design on its smart display platform. Some Nest Hub Max users are reportedly gaining access to a new software design that seems easier to use. Previously, when Google smart screen owners swiped from the right side of the screen, they were presented with a list of recommended things to do on the screen and proactive information like upcoming calendar events. This section is divided into a few columns and as someone with a Google smart screen, it is something I rarely use. In the new update, when users swipe, they are now shown the weather, a shortcut to control some lights, and a smart screen suggestion. Then at the top are some new titles. The first page I mentioned is called "Your Tomorro...
alarms, Google, Home, nest, News, smart display, Smart Home, smart speaker, timers

Google Nest displays and speakers can turn off timers and alarms in other rooms

Google Home and Nest speakers and displays have gotten a handy new capability that allows users to turn off alarms and timers in different rooms. This is one of those features that seems like it should have been there the whole time and I'm surprised Google is only adding it now. Still, it's definitely a useful addition. It works pretty much as you might expect: when an alarm goes off, you can say "Ok Google, stop the [alarm/timer] at [room]And the Google Assistant takes care of it. Interestingly, when you issue that command, the Google Assistant responds with "I'm stopping the alarms and timers that are ringing on your smart home devices," suggesting that it should work even if you're messing around in the room. The new feature worked on the Google Nest ...