Like other major players, Google is also participating in apps for smart homes.

Maikel Dijkhuizen

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Like other major players, Google is also participating in apps for smart homes. You can manage supported devices via the app, including those of Google itself. Other manufacturers, such as smart lighting from Hue, are also supported. The dashboard gives you an overview of all available devices and allows you to switch them on and off.

The app consists of several tabs. below Favorites you can place specific routines (such as a movie mode), but also devices that you want to quickly access (for example the thermostat). The tab Devices provides an overview of all available devices in the house. The more complex routines – which ultimately make using smart devices interesting – also have their own place, on the tab Automations. This is also where you add new automations. The tab is useful Activity, because it allows you to see what is happening in and around the house on a timeline. Are you a more advanced user? Then you can write scripts yourself to automate the devices and tasks. At the time of writing, the script editor is available, but is still in beta. Google has also built in generative AI. The most important feature of this is that you can now have your own scripts written by explaining the desired functionality in normal language.

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