The Google Home app finally gets garage door controls

Control for smart garage doors is coming to the Google Home app. The feature has already been rolled out to some users, with one Reddit user (spotted by 9to5Google) posting an image of the large pill-shaped open/close controls that have quietly appeared in the app.

We should note that this feature has only landed in the Google Home preview app so far and has no official release yet. Google is currently reviewing its Home app to prepare for Matter, and has been testing the updated version since last October. As Google’s I/O event is just around the corner, we may get more information about this feature (and other Google Home app updates) soon.

9to5Google managed to confirm that the preview operation currently works with Tailwind and Nexx garage door systems, but otherwise there is no list of supported products yet. We’ve reached out to Google for more information and will update this story if we hear back.

Garage door systems have been featured in the Google Home app for a while, but the feature didn’t support in-app control. Instead, users were forced to use Google Assistant to control garage doors with voice commands (which usually ask for a PIN for added security). You’ll need to request an invite to the new Google Home preview if you want to try out the new in-app switch for yourself. However, there are also some frustrating third-party solutions to force limited garage door controls to the Google Home app if you’re impatient.

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