Google Home: adding devices will be child’s play

Google announces two new features for developers that will finally make it easier to add third-party branded devices to Google Home: App Discovery and Deep Linking.

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Installing a new Google Home or Chromecast is normally a snap : just plug in the device and bring up a smartphone with the Google Home app. A button at the top of the home page offers to set up the device in a few simple steps, and then you can start using the device normally.

But things are a bit more laborious when it comes to a third-party brand device. Including with hyper well integrated and maintained ecosystems like Philips Hue devices. You have to configure your devices twice: once in the manufacturer application and then in the Google Home application.

Google is finally tackling the laborious addition of third-party brand connected objects

In the latter, the user must find the appropriate applet in a list. So many steps that do not seem technically necessary, especially since it tends to complicate the use of these devices for the elderly or those a little reluctant to technology. This is why Google announces two new features: App Discovery and Deep Linking.

App Discovery Automatically displays a shortcut in Google Home when the device has been configured in a third-party application installed on the smartphone. So now after configuring your Hue lamps in the Philips app, you just have to click on the Connect your Philips Hue lights in Google Home.

Google explains that App Discovery is very easy to implement in existing applications with very little code. Deep Linking which we could literally translate as “deep linklage” allows developers to integrate a button in their application that redirects directly to the right place in the Google Home application.

But Deep Linking doesn’t stop there. For example, it becomes easier to use Google Home to authenticate a service. Deep Linking also has another advantage: if the Google Home app is not installed, the API detects it and instead redirects to the correct page on the Play Store or App Store.

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These two features are available from today, but obviously on the user side, you will have to wait a little longer before seeing the fruits on your device.