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Google Home finally gets a widget

A new interactive Google Home widget is coming to Android. | Image: Google

Quick access to smart home devices is coming to Android in the form of a new Google Home Favorites widget. This will let you control devices, actions, and automations directly from the homescreen of your phone. There’s also a new Favorites tile and complication coming to Wear OS for accessing frequently used devices right from your wrist.

The new Favorites widget lets you view and interact with the most-used devices directly on your homescreen, no need to open the Google Home app.

Currently, the easiest way to do this is to tap on the tile shortcut to the Home app, but this opens the full app. An interactive widget should be faster overall for doing something like turning on a light, locking a door, or checking the temperature.

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