The Google Home, Nest, and Google Assistant devices are getting some interesting updates and features. We’re also talking about the new updates on the Pixel phones. Let’s get started.
Local Home Control with Google Home Assistant
Localized control means that you don’t have to go to the cloud to make your automation work. It means that the routine works faster. Local Home Control was announced at Google I/O in 2019. Yeelight has used the Local Home Control SDK to control their light products – the response is as quick as a Zigbee enabled device. This feature should make life easier for Google Home Automation. I’m looking forward to more vendors to use the Local Home Control SDK!
HVAC Alerts from Nest Learning Thermostat
If it’s taking a bit longer for your house to heat up or cool down, your Nest Learning Thermostat will now notify you that something is not normal and that you should take a look to see if something is wrong. The other feature that Nest is trying out: getting connected to a professional when something does go wrong. Nest is working out a deal with Handy HVAC technical service (in 20 US locations) to ensure you get the HVAC system working properly.
Nest Account Migration to Google Accounts
Yes, it’s time to let go. You will be required to move your existing Nest accounts to Google. However, when you do migrate over, you’re going to have to start using two-factor authentication (2FA).
Google I/O 2020 Event
The Google I/O Event is May 12 – 14. It’s going to be exciting to see what Google is going to roll out. We’re expecting that the Local Google Home SDK could be at the forefront. Last year they were talking about Ambient Computing and Edge Computing to show how fast information could be processed between devices; so it will be interesting to see how Google integrates more Local Google Home! Maybe we’ll see the Pixel 4A… I mean the Pixel 5?
Pixel 4 – Fast Local Computing
This just in: Brian is enjoying his Pixel 4! The Pixel 4 has some can pretty much take quick-draw commands. Just keep asking Google Assistant what you want; it happens within a flash. In the meantime, you can screen call those spam and unwanted calls, and use the Messages feature with message.google.com on your PC.
Check it out in the ‘Google Home New Features and Updates – Pixel Updates Too!’ video below.
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