The Google Home app is at the heart of how you manage and interact with dozens of different devices, making it understandably one of Google’s most feature-packed applications. Now it only gets more interesting with version 2.28, as the new update hints at the upcoming rebranding of Android TV, as well as adding some new features around routines and home sensor sensing that were teased earlier this year.

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7;s AI smarts to determine if people are at home or not based on their device activity. One of the interesting additions that this info enables is the support of new activities for setting up home and away routines. They make it easy to trigger specific intelligent home actions such as turning on or off lights when leaving a house or returning to it. The Home app notes that the more devices that grant it location permissions through presence registration, the more accurate it will be to predict when these routines will start.

Mishaal Rahman tweeted screenshots of the new additions.

Along with these new routine activations, version 2.28 also adds support for OnHub network administration. (Do you remember OnHub routers?) The network speed test now shows history of the last 30 days, which is valuable data to know when negotiating a cheaper price with your smart ISP. Google also enhances the experience of group Google Meet video calls by allowing users to invite attendees directly from the Home feed. Finally, the update adds new notification categories that you can enable / disable according to your whim, including separate channels for People & Devices, Account Updates, and Calls and Messages.

Version 2.28 of the Google Home app is slowly rolling out, but you can download it from the APK Mirror right now if you are eager to check out these new add-ons yourself.

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