After an update last month focused on Wi-Fi management, the latest version of the Google Home app greatly improves the Nest Hello experience with more controls.

Update 7/12: Google Home 2.40 is widely rolling out today with the Nest Hello capabilities we spotted during last week’s Insight already live. The camera view has been redesigned so the blue microphone button is now centered. Underneath is a new carousel with a “More” tab.

That overlay lets you turn on/off the camera, as well as set Quiet Time. This slides up a sheet that lets you specify a time increment and set. Meanwhile, Quick Responses brings up a pane with the three defaults, while “Emergency” is also in this tab. With these capabilities now available in the Home app, Hello owners can ditch the old Nest client.

Original 7/7: Google will soon let you control Quiet Time and Quick Responses directly from the Home app instead of having to open the old Nest client.

The first feature is essentially do not disturb for your video doorbell and will turn off the indoor chime, though those outside will still hear a ring. You also won’t get visitor announcements from Google Assistant (in theory) and will only be notified by app notification that someone is at the door.

<string name=”remote_control_camera_status_quiet_time_on_state”>Quiet Time is on \u2022 Chime will not sound</string>

<string name=”quiet_time_bottom_sheet_options_body”>Choose how long you want to mute your indoor chime and visitor announcements</string>

<string name=”quiet_time_bottom_sheet_button_set”>Set</string>

<string name=”remote_control_end_quiet_time”>End Quiet Time</string>

Pre-recorded Quick Responses also look to be coming to the Home app. Today (as seen above), the Google Home live view/stream for the Nest Hello only lets you talk directly — from the blue FAB in the bottom-right corner — to whoever is at the door. A new button looks to be coming to that screen to access the canned replies, while Quiet Time might also appear in the same screen.

<string name=”camera_mode_more_action_responses_title”>Quick Responses</string>

<string name=”remote_control_camera_quick_response_button”>Quick Responses</string>

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