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Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi Google Home Community,

First off, we want to give a huge thank you to everyone who has participated in the Public Preview of the Google Home app since we rolled it out back in November. We launched the new Home app as a Public Preview so that we could get early feedback from all of you. We've been blown away by the interest from the community, active discussions here and in our Reddit Q&A, and by all of your thoughtful feedback — thank you!

Your feedback has allowed our teams to roll out continuous updates and usability improvements over the last few months that have gotten us closer to providing the best possible experience to all users. We'd like to share an update on how those insights have made a direct impact.


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Reorder your favorites for a custom home view
We set out to enable you to control your smart home your way by making the Google Home app more customizable. And while you loved the ability to Favorite your devices, including live streams of your cameras, one of your top requests was the ability to reorder those Favorites. So we're excited to share that today we're rolling out the ability to reorder Favorites for Public Preview users!

Easily rearrange anything you've pinned to your Favorites tab so that you can manage your devices and automations with just a few taps. Is the front door locked? What's the living room temp? Need to crank up the volume on your kitchen speaker while you cook? Prioritize the devices you use the most in the Favorites tab for easy access whenever you need it.


In focus: Improvements for cameras
Another way your input makes an incredible impact is in helping us prioritize fixes and improvements. We heard your feedback about camera performance and speed in the Google Home app. Today we're also rolling out improvements to the speed of live view for cameras, and how quickly you can access your camera recordings.


Keeping watch on your cameras and doorbell with Google Home for Wear OS
We're also bringing new features to the Public Preview of the Google Home app for Wear OS. Starting today, you can get Nest camera and doorbell notifications on your Wear OS watch that include images, so you can know what's going on at a glance.  Available for all Nest cameras and doorbells launched in 2021 or later.


More exciting news is coming soon. We wanted to express our gratitude and give you a glimpse into the improvements we've made as a direct result of your feedback, but this isn't the end. We'll continue to invest in the Public Preview program and bring more early features for you to try out. And stay tuned for some big news in the coming weeks!


The Google Home team