Google Home Hub went official today and along with it, Google is announcing some big changes for its Home control strategy. In addition to voice controls, the new “Home View” dashboard will enable easy controls.

Google Home View takes Google’s massive collection of compatible devices and makes them all accessible through an easy to use dashboard. This dashboard enables control for lights, thermostats, smart locks, and more, all through a smart display or through the Google Home application. Similar to Apple’s Home app, you can see everything from one interface and interact with devices in one place without the need for third-party apps.

Presumably, the Home Hub will ship with this functionality enabled. Google says that the Google Home app on Android and iOS will be getting this new update starting this week. A quick look at the interface is available below.

We’ve redesigned the Google Home App so that you can control all of your compatible smart devices from one place, saving you from a few headaches along the way… You can keep track of everything in one place without needing to flip between apps. The new app organizes your devices by room so that you can easily control your speakers, lights, cameras, TVs and more than 10,000 connected devices that work with your Google Assistant.

The new Google Home app now automatically generates quick actions for important features across your home with immediate access to key experiences like turning on and off smart lights, viewing your cameras, and broadcasting messages to your other Google Home devices and more.

Now, everyone under the same roof can control smart devices in your home, they just need the Google Home app on their phone. That means one app to get it all done—add, remove and control devices. The Google Assistant is easily accessible, right from the app. Go ahead, tap the mic and say, “Hey Google, dim the lights.”

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