- Last update: 30 May 2020
- Version: 18.104.22.168
- Compatibility: 4.0.3 and up
- Author: Google LLC
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
Google Home is an app by Google created for configuring and controlling Google Net, Google ChromeCast, and Google Home devices. The app is intended to keep the smart house control in one place.
Functionality: Your Google Homie 4/5
The app provides an impressive amount of features to control your smart house. The main of them are:
- Configuration of Google Net, Google Chormecast and Google Home devices;
- Control lights, thermostats, and other smart devices;
- Set up specific programs for needed actions;
- Watch recap of recent events.
You can also connect cameras and watch them anytime with the Google Home app. The app can even recognize doorbells and offer you to watch the camera recordings to see the person. You can also control the app with voice commands, making it even smarter and more convenient.
Design: Simple and Attractive 5/5
The design of Google Home is excellent. It is very functional, as the screen is not overloaded with tabs, banners, and buttons. Most features are presented with illustrative icons so that you do not even have to read the captions. The home page is designed perfectly: there are buttons for essential home control features, the list of devices connected, categorized by rooms, in which these devices are located.
Usability: Not so Fast 2/5
The usability, however, should be better. The app is rather user-friendly when it comes to controlling most devices, especially lights, thermostats, and other comparably simple devices. But connecting devices is an issue for many users, as well as ChromeCast or Google Home devices control. In their reviews, users complain that they don’t understand how to connect a specific device, and the app’s instructions turn out to be not that helpful.
Cross-platform use: Better on Mobile 2/5
There is no official Google Home app available on pc. The fact it is possible to download the app with Android emulators is not an argument. You can use the app from multiple smartphone devices, but it is still not enough.
The best thing about the Google Home app is that you have everything in one place. You do not need a separate app for your Chromecast device and your smart thermostat, extremely convenient. The app requires some learning to use properly, but it is still one of the best options available.
Pros : Every smart device in one app;
You can create your programs for most used actions;
The app offers a recap of the most important events.
Cons : The app requires some learning to use advanced features;
Some users report bugs when connecting devices.
Cross-platform use 2