Google is on a bit of a rampage adding new device types to Google Assistants native smart home control. Late last month Google added support for smart heaters, air fresheners, and fireplaces, and now they’re adding native support for smart blinds.
This continued increase in supported device types is hopefully just the tip of the iceberg and shows that Google is serious about rounding out both the Assistant and Google Home’s abilities to act as the central control hub for your smart home.
Reading through the new device schema the controls for a smart blind is exactly what you would think, they can be opened and closed. Of course, there are multiple kinds of blinds and the new device type include support for vertical and horizontal blinds, as well as blinds that can be opened in two directions or one.
With the introduction of Home View on Google Smart Displays Google can now offer both voice and physical control (via the Home app or a Smart Display) of your Smart Home. From experience, I can tell you that native integrations are much better than third-party solutions so the more device types the supported, the better the experience will be.
I just hope they add garage doors soon, I’m sick of having to say “Hey Google, turn off my garage door” to get it to open, it’s a bit silly!
Last modified on 14 March 2019 10:35 pm