Two years ago, Google switched the Chromecast app to the Google Home in order to bring Chromecast and Google Home speakers under the same roof. The app allows users to setup the devices with ease and helps enjoy a seamless experience between them. Following that, the app also received a few minor updates that added content discovery and other features, but now it looks like Google Home is getting a much-needed makeover to its UI.
The update was spotted by Quinny899 on XDAForum. One of the biggest design change is the side menu bar, which now seems to have been moved to a toolbar at the bottom of the screen. The bottom toolbar has also got a new device tab and a button to summon Google Assistant.
Although the homescreen and the content browser haven’t been tweaked, there’s greater emphasis on content discovery. The Browse page puts direct links to search TV Shows, Movies and Music upfront, making them easy to access.
The devices page has got a major overhaul and looks much cleaner and refined with smaller icons. The previous design carried bigger device icons and was noted to look cluttered. While not a very big change, the various categories in the Settings tab have also been removed to put them all in one place.
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There is no word on when Google plans on rolling out the Google Home redesign. The update spotted by Quinny899 was enabled via server-side switch, so users can’t get an APK to download the new look either. However, the new design seems to be refined enough to see the light of the day soon. It looks like the changes will come to Android first with a possible follow up on iOS later.