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This Google Home app feature you probably didn't know existed has new customization options

This Google Home app feature you probably didn't know existed has new customization options

I use the Google Home app pretty often to control my lights and various other smart home gadgets, but I must admit I had entirely forgotten about the second tab in the app's bottom navigation. It's a feed that alerts you to certain events across your home, such as the addition or removal of devices or Wi-Fi status updates. Google has just rolled out a new settings menu you allowing you to customize the types of notifications in this feed.

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Google's killing off its legacy Wifi app

Google's killing off its legacy Wifi app

Google is known for overlapping multiple apps at once — just look at its messaging strategy. While both Google Wifi and Nest Wifi have a dedicated app for controlling and monitoring your networking gear from your phone, the Google Home app has steadily gained similar features over the last several months. It seems that was all part of the company's intentions, as starting next month, you'll need to use the Home app to configure and customize your Wi-Fi routers.

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A new Nest device just showed up in Google Home

A new Nest device just showed up in Google Home

It's been three years since the Nest Hello video doorbell launched, but we have yet to see Google introduce a successor. We already know that the company plans to announce a new lineup of security cameras later this year, and thanks to a new leak, this could be our first glimpse of next-gen hardware.

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Latest Google Home update delivers live data usage charts to Nest Wifi owners

Latest Google Home update delivers live data usage charts to Nest Wifi owners

The Google Home app is getting an update to version 2.34 today in the wake of the debut of the new Nest Hub — namely, the app has been made to support said new device as well as a couple of other more features if you're in a Google Workspace or own a Google Wifi or Nest Wifi mesh network.

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The best smart home control apps for your Android phone

The best smart home control apps for your Android phone

Controlling your smart devices with a speaker is very convenient, especially when you're busy cooking or are far from your phone. Most importantly, Alexa and Assistant work with a great number of devices and allow you to control all of them without worrying about which bulb or plug works with what platform.

Sadly, there are times when using your voice isn't a great option, either because your "smart" speaker isn't so intelligent and doesn't get what you're saying, or you just want to be keep things silent.

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Google Nest Hubs get three new clock faces

Google Nest Hubs get three new clock faces

The clock face offerings on Google's Nest Hub devices have always been a little underwhelming, and it recently even dropped support for showing photos from Facebook and Flickr. Google is finally expanding its collection with three new clock faces for the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max, one of which shows both the time and weather concurrently.

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Phony 'Google Home App For PC' Chrome extension suckers in thousands of users

Phony 'Google Home App For PC' Chrome extension suckers in thousands of users

There's no way to control a Google Assistant-powered smart home from a Windows PC, at least not yet. That's a problem, not just from the perspective of users, but for Google's ecosystem as a whole. Take this "Google Home App For PC" Chrome extension as an example—while it brazenly uses the official Google Home logo and has generic Google Home screenshots, it's merely a link to a sketchy website instructing you to install the Bluestacks emulator and then the Home app for Android.

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Assistant smart displays can no longer show photos from Facebook and Flickr

Assistant smart displays can no longer show photos from Facebook and Flickr

Smart displays with Google Assistant have a few different options for what appears when not in use. They can show a full-screen clock, images from Google Photos, or an art gallery. Google also included experimental support for showing images from Facebook or Flickr accounts, but this has now been removed.

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Google kills most of its Disney read-along books for Nest and Home

Google kills most of its Disney read-along books for Nest and Home

For years, you've been able to trigger extra sound effects on the Google Home when reciting a handful of Little Golden library books. This Read Along feature worked with a small library of Disney titles, which has changed over the years. Earlier this week, though, Google massively cut the number of titles available to a mere five.

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Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Tip: Google Assistant can help you manage your phone's battery life, even remotely

Google Assistant is useful beyond answering run-of-the-mill questions about the weather or helping set alarms and timers. You can ask it to make restaurant reservations, schedule lights on or off, or tell you how much you slept last night. At some point, it also picked up a new ability that lets you manage your phone's battery life remotely — since we didn't know about it, we figured you probably won't either.

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