Smart talk app

The newly decluttered Google Home app stream is now widely available

It is deployed on Android and iOS

Not too long ago, Google announced a bunch of changes to the Google Home app that made it easier to adjust various features on your smart home devices. It replaced large device icons on the home screen with more convenient interactive tiles and changed app settings to allow for better control. As part of this announcement, several additional changes involving the home stream have been revealed in progress – and they are now widely rolling out to Android and iOS.

The older Stream UI typically displayed a series of cards, prompting you to check important events from your supported Nest and Home products (via 9to5Google). Although the updated interface performs the same tasks, the user interface has become much more intuitive, replacing the cards with a compact list that provides a one-line summary of an event. Events actually appear to be part of a timeline now, and that timeline is much less cluttered thanks to a new feature that groups repeating events together, which means less scrolling while still providing more information.

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In terms of interaction, you can tap on an item in the list to open the alert, while the three-dot menu lets you skip the event or customize the feed. Activity detected by your Nest products is always displayed, and image previews will accompany camera events. Meanwhile, “History” has been moved to the upper right corner, which is much more visible.

This rollout started a few weeks ago, so if you’re one of the lucky few who received it already, you’re probably not seeing anything new. But if the updated feed only appeared now, you’ll be greeted with an introductory message.