Google Rebuilds Its Home App to Simplify Device Control
Google today announced that a new version of its Google Home app will reach Android and iOS devices this week. The app has been entirely redesigned to ease the process of controlling various smart home devices, such as smart lightbulbs. For example, all the devices in a home will be visible in a single view, allowing people to control their devices without jumping between apps. It also lumps together similar devices like speakers, lights, cameras, thermostats, and more. The app now automates quick actions for important features, such as turning on lights or viewing cameras. The app brings home control when away from home. Users will be able to check on their house, adjust their thermostat, and more no matter where they happen to be. Moreover, Google Home allows multiple members of a family to access and control smart devices in the home complete with voice recognition. Google built Google Assistant into the app, as well, so people can tap the mic and say “Hey Google, dim the lights.” Google hopes this revised app will improve peoples’ control over and interactions with in-home smart products.
Huawei Intros Android 9 Pie-Based EMUI 9.0
Sep 1, 2018
Huawei today revealed its forthcoming user interface skin, EMUI 9.0. The new user experience is based on Android 9 Pie, which means it offers many of the new features included in Google’s code.
Apple Says iOS 12 Will Be Faster, Work Better On Older iPhones
Jun 4, 2018
Apple today announced iOS 12, its next-generation platform for the iPhone and iPad. Apple says it spent time improving the performance of the operating system, which in claims will work well on iPhones and iPads that went on sale as far back as 2013.
Amazon's Alexa App Upgraded with Fresh Design as Alexa Tacks On New Skills
Oct 5, 2018
Amazon has a number of updates to Alexa in store for phones and in-home connected devices. First, the mobile application for iPhones and Android devices has been given an entirely new look.
Google's Improved Fast Pair to Streamline Process of Pairing Accessories with New Phones
Nov 27, 2018
Google hopes to ease the pain of pairing Bluetooth accessories with multiple devices through an update to its Fast Pair specification. Moving forward, Google says Fast Pair will "connect accessories to a user's current and future Android Phones" as long as they are signed into their account and running Android 6 and up.