Earlier this year, Google revamped the two main ways people interact with the Home app. The company is now teasing a “next generation design of the Google Home App” and is looking for testers.
The “Google Nest Trusted Tester Program” uses the product testing service Centercode to recruit a “group of highly engaged testers willing to help Google Nest test an unreleased product.”
This program will focus on the design of the next generation of the Google Home app. Testers who already use Google Nest devices and are willing to sign an NDA can participate.
“Next-generation design” is the only description we have today, while the “Requirements” say you’ll need “all Google Nest products, including: thermostats, Wi-Fi, speakers, screens, cameras, doorbells, locks, Nest Protect ( smoke detectors), Chromecasts.” Additionally:
You must also use the Google Home app or the Nest app to control your product(s).
You must create an account with Centercode to log in, while you are subject to a nondisclosure agreement (NDA).
At I/O 2022 in May, Google showed a redesigned Home app for Android tablets that looks much the same as it does today, but uses a navigation rail. That large screen element looks rather odd with only two tabs. It’s unclear if this is the “next generation design” referred to today. Meanwhile, Google is also planning a Home app for Wear OS.
The latest updates to the Google Home app introduced interactive device switches in the main grid/tab. Certain actions (play/pause, volume, power, and brightness) can be performed quickly by tapping or sliding. Meanwhile, the ‘Home Feed’ tab was also redesigned with a compact list to show more ‘recent and relevant updates’.
Hopefully, this next-generation Google Home design will go beyond the visual/Material You and improve performance. Google also needs to simplify core interactions and increase reliability.
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