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Wi-Fi feeling a little sluggish? Latest Google Home update lets you quantify per-device speeds

Wi-Fi feeling a little sluggish? Latest Google Home update lets you quantify per-device speeds

Google has spent the last year transitioning its smart home controls from dedicated software to its Home app, creating a central hub for most of its gadgets. This method isn't always perfect — the app is cluttered as it is, and it's getting more so by the day — but in general, having your robot vacuums, smart speakers, and Chromecasts all in one place feels very user-friendly. If you're a Google Wifi or Nest Wifi user, a new speed test option makes it easy to check connections between devices.

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Nest Hello owners now have one less reason to open the actual Nest app

Nest Hello owners now have one less reason to open the actual Nest app

Controlling all of your various smart home gadgets can be tricky, but thankfully, Google's Home app acts as a single hub perfect for security cameras, robot vacuums, and RGB light bulbs. Google has been making several efforts to integrate its Nest hardware with Home, including killing off its legacy Wifi app last month. With a new update to Home, Nest Hello users can access even more controls without relying on any other app.

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Wyze Lock finally gets voice control with Assistant support

Wyze Lock finally gets voice control with Assistant support

Generally speaking, we're big fans of Wyze's budget-friendly smart home gadgets around here. The company has managed to release everything from security cameras to robot vacuums while undercutting the competition along the way. And while not every single product is a hit, Wyze has still built a great ecosystem of products worth your investment. Its Android app is getting a new update this week, bringing Google Home and Assistant support to the Wyze Lock.

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Google just streamlined the setup process for smart displays and speakers down to about two minutes

Google just streamlined the setup process for smart displays and speakers down to about two minutes

The Google Home app offers an excellent interface for controlling lights, speakers, and any other gadgets spread around your house. It's also used for setting up any Nest speaker or smart display. If you've ever had to set up more than one device at a time, you know how slow and frustrating choosing your default services can be. However, with the newest update to the Google Home app, the setup process just got a little bit quicker.

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Linking devices to Google Home and finding the correct app will soon be easier

Linking devices to Google Home and finding the correct app will soon be easier

Setting up new smart home devices is always a hassle, which you might have noticed following the holidays and presents under the tree. You have to look through a list of Assistant actions during setup and select the appropriate one, which is just one part of the multi-step pairing process. Google is looking to make this step easier with the introduction of suggestion chips for new device's actions on your network, but smart home app developers will have to do their part to enable this.

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Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

Google Home is slooooowly rolling out better integration for Nest Thermostats

When Google released the new affordable Nest Thermostat in October, it also made some changes to how things are set up and controlled. Instead of using the outdated Nest app, it's all done through the Google Home app now. This is a positive move in many ways, but some of the functionality hasn't yet been migrated over for older models. Finally, it looks like Google is bringing the full new experience to more people, but it sure is a slow rollout.

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Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google is experimenting with Assistant routines that can run at sunrise and sunset

Google Assistant is pretty powerful, especially when you start playing around with some of its more advanced customization options. The company has been adding new routines recently, including ones that sense your presence and keep you on track during the workday. Now it looks like Google is working on two new routines called sunset and sunrise.

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Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Nest Wifi routers can now prioritize video conferencing as well as gaming traffic

Google's routers are already packed with intelligent features like network stats, manual device prioritization, Wi-Fi pause options, or device grouping — not to mention the integrated smart speaker in the Nest Wifi. To further improve on these options, Google has decided to add the ability to automatically prioritize certain traffic via the Home app, such as video conferencing or gaming.

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Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Google Home introduces game-changing media controls and reinstates Routine triggering (APK Download)

Last November, the Google Home app received a colorful card-based media control interface, which was quite an improvement over the previous one. But multi-room or multi-speaker playback is rather tricky to set up through this card-based interface, and Google seems to think the same. The company has introduced a much more intuitive UI for media controls in version 2.31 of the Home app that lets you cast to individual or multiple speakers and displays on the fly. And Assistant Routines can finally be triggered through the app again following the update.

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Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

Routines powered by 'presence sensing' are now widely available in the Google Home app

The Google Home app is core to how you control and interact with dozens of different devices, so it's understandably one of Google's most feature-packed applications. It only got more interesting with version 2.28, as the new update hinted at the rebranding of Android TV, as well as adding some new features surrounding routines and home presence-sensing that were teased earlier this year. Now it seems like the new Home/Away routines powered by presence sensing are available to most users.

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