Google Renames Smart Home Initiative, Now Officially Called Google Home

An online report states that Google’s goal with the unification of its smart home platform under the Google Home banner simplifies consumer adoption.

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The website Chrome Unboxed is reporting that during the recent Google Smart Homes Developer Summit, the giant tech company announced several things, including the renaming of its smart home platform, which is now Google Home.

According to the website, Google’s goal in bringing everything under a single umbrella is to make it easier for consumers to understand and integrate their smart devices. The website states that along with the rebranding of Google Home, Google is launching a Google Home Developer Center that will provide everything needed to learn and build smart home devices, along with incorporating automation elements for integration in Google’s newly relaunched platform.

“We’re bringing all of this together, and announcing a new, but familiar name, for our entire smart home platform and developer program, that helps users and developers do more with Google,” says the company in a recent blog post. “By bringing our platform and tools under the same roof, it gives us a simpler way to show you why and how integrating your devices with Google Home makes them more accessible and helpful across the Google ecosystem.”

Chrome Unboxed points out Google’s new smart home efforts include a complete redesign of the developer website and developer console that will unify these resources all within a single location that includes self-serve tools. The Chrome Unboxed website notes the developer website will feature tools for Android apps, as well as tools for building Matter devices, and options for creating automations, routines, monitoring, testing, certification and analytics.

The website states that Matter is an open and universal smart-home protocol that is said to make it easy for developers to build, buy and set up smart home products.

Reportedly, Google will update Nest and Android devices to support Matter once the new standards are launched.

In addition, Chrome Unboxed says that some of Google’s other announcements included a new smart home director on the web, along with mobile, native Android support via Google Play Services, and a new Google Home Mobile SDK.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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