Google Home app redesigning the event stream to be simpler

After updating the main tab with interactive device toggles inspired by Android 11, the Google Home app wants to redesign the “Stream” to be more useful.

The Google Home app consists of two main tabs. There’s the “Home View” with a list of all your devices laid out in a grid that Google just updated to allow for faster actions. Next to it is the “Home Feed” tab which is meant to display alerts from your smart devices.

These “priority events” include home and away changes and other updates, like the recent Speak Group feature update. Below is a “Recent Events” section, while a few “Discover” promo cards round it all out.

This month, Google will redesign the Home Feed to “help you better understand what’s going on in and around your home.”

Update automatically sorts recent and most important events in your home in an updated, clutter-free layout. Grouped events will help you understand what happened around the same time instead of scrolling through a list of repeating events.

There seems to be a lot less scrolling with a new card design that immediately identifies the type of alert on the left. Each notification includes the name, time, and room the device originated from. Camera cards come with images, while each has an overflow menu. Finally, there is a “History” shortcut at the top left of the feed to see everything.

This should be available in the next few weeks, while version 2.49 with the redesign of Home View is not yet widely deployed for Android via Google Play.

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