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Google wants to clean up the events feed in its Home app to make it easier to see what’s happening in your smart home. An update coming later this month will include a “clutter-free layout”, the search giant says, and it will group related items to avoid having to scroll through “a list of repetitive events”. The above screenshot released by the company shows a more concise, streamlined design.

In addition to this feed update, the company has officially announced a new centralized privacy section, as well as the updated controls that came out last week. Launching this week, the privacy section will allow you to manage household settings such as presence detection and provide a simple overview of your data. Meanwhile, the new smart home controls provide an easy overview of the status of your smart home devices without the need for so many taps, similar to the controls Google provided with Android 11. They will be rolled out in the next few years. weeks,” says Google.

The redesigned device controls.
Image: Google

They’re welcome additions to the Google Home app, which has remained largely unchanged since the last major redesign in 2018 (barring a color-changing light update in 2019). Unfortunately, Google’s post doesn’t mention whether they will reduce the amount of ads for Google services currently plaguing the home feed.

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