What do you want to know
- The Google Home app is now available for compatible smartwatches.
- Currently, only wearable devices running Wear OS 3 or later can download the updated version.
- Google notes that this is still only a “public preview”, so you may encounter bugs.
When Google first announced the arrival of the Pixel Watch, the company showed off new apps that would also be available. One such example was the ability to control your smart home devices and accessories using a brand new Google Home app.
Until now, the only way to control top Google Home-enabled devices from your wrist was to rely on Google Assistant. But during the Made By Google launch event, an updated version of the Google Home app arrived on the Play Store. That wasn’t all that surprising, considering Pixel Watch owners will need to be able to install and/or update the app.
What’s a little surprising is that you can now download the wearable version of the Google Home app on some of the best smartwatches. Unfortunately, there are a few limitations to be aware of, the first being that the app is only available on smartwatches running Wear OS 3 or later.
We have already downloaded and installed it on our Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, and as soon as you open the application, you will see a welcome message. This lets you know that the app is available in “public preview” and that “some features are not yet supported”.
By browsing the app, you can activate controls for things like your favorite smart lights and your smart thermostat. Then just tap the controls to turn the lights on or off, or change the temperature in your home. It shouldn’t be too surprising, but if you try to see smart security cameras on your smartwatch, you’ll be prompted to open the Google Home app on your phone and you won’t be able to see a preview. .
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As it stands, we’re still expecting wider adoption of Wear OS 3. Those who own the Galaxy Watch 5, Watch 5 Pro, Watch 4, Watch 4 Classic, and Montblanc Summit 3 can install the Home app. And of course, when the Pixel Watch starts arriving, it will be available there too.
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