Sign Up Now for the Public Preview of the Redesigned Google Home App

The popular Google Home app is getting even better. Anyone can now request an invite to get early access to the redesigned Smart Home Control app. We’ll show you how and highlight some of the new improvements.

How to request an invite to the public preview

To get early access to the redesigned app, you’ll need to request an invite using the Google Home app for iOS or Android.

Select Settings in the app. Scroll down to General and select Public Preview. Then choose Request Invitation.

If accepted, the app will show a notification that it will be updated to the public preview version soon. Select Get it to end the process. If you change your mind, click Reject Acceptance.

What to expect in the revamped Google Home app

When opening the app, you will see the new Favorites tab. This will allow you to customize a personalized live view of devices, actions and automations. You can also favorite all Nest cameras to see live view immediately after opening the app.

Spaces group important devices like cameras or thermostats together in a single view.

There’s also a new Nest Camera experience for both wired and wireless cameras. The Nest Camera Controller makes it easy to find key moments and provides a detailed scrub. Machine learning from Nest cameras and doorbells will label and organize important events.

In the future, the app will support the Matter smart home standard. The protocol officially launched in October 2022 and is picking up steam with smart home accessory makers and tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Google.

The new app will eventually be Fast Pair for Matter. With that feature, an Android phone can automatically detect a key device and help you set it up quickly.

Reforms Just in Time to Matter

If you’re a user of the Google Home app, and are willing to take a chance with the public preview, it’s a good time to see some cool improvements rolling out to all users soon.

The redesigned app makes it even easier to control your Google-centric smart home.

The promising Matter smart home standard is getting closer to fruition.

Smart home giant Amazon has announced that many of its Echo smart home speakers will soon be updated to support Matter. Here’s what you need to know.

Wi-Fi to Matter for 17 Echo Devices in December 2022

According to The Verge, Amazon will begin a phased rollout for Matter support over Wi-Fi in December 2022.

Along with the 17 Echo devices, Amazon will debut support for Android phones and three smart device categories—smart plugs, smart bulbs, and smart switches.

Here are compatible Echo devices that will be able to control Matter products: Echo Dot (5th-gen), Echo Dot (5th-gen) with Clock, Echo (4th-gen), Echo Dot (3rd-gen, 2018 release ), Echo Studio, Echo Show 8 (2nd-gen, 2021 release), Echo Show 10 (3rd-gen), Echo Show 5 (2nd-gen, 2021 release), Echo Dot with Clock (3rd-gen), Echo Dot (4th-gen) with Clock, Echo Show 5, Echo (v3), Echo Dot (4th-gen), Echo Input, Echo Flex, Echo Plus (v2), Echo Show 8.

With a firmware update, an Android phone will be able to add a compatible Matter device to the Alexa app and other Matter-compatible apps. Amazon Echo will act as a controller.

If you’re an iOS Amazon user or hoping to use Matter on Critical Threads technology, you’re going to need some patience. Amazon says the rollout for them will happen early next year with support for more mater device types.

“We’re bringing Matter support to more than 100 million devices across 30 Echo and Eero devices,” explained Chris DeCenzo, a senior principal engineer at Amazon and director of the company’s CSA board, in an interview with The Verge. “This is an endeavor unprecedented in scale and complexity. It’s a big deal, and we need to make sure it goes smoothly.”

Specifically, he pointed to Amazon’s lack of available products in other Mater categories for it to test. “There aren’t many [Substance-compatible] locks, window shades and thermostats out there yet, and we want to test everything in our beta program first.”

The case is tailored to help make any friction between compatible smart home products and controllers a thing of the past. For more information on the standard, read our comprehensive look at what matters.

A great start for Mater

With the Amazon Echo being the most popular way for users to control their smart homes, it’s great news to see Amazon starting the rollout for Matter support for its smart speakers.

It will take time, but the Matter rollout will be a huge opportunity for the smart home market to grow.

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