Google is rolling out a new voice-controlled hub in Pixel phones so you can manage your smart home devices straight from Google Assistant reports The Verge.
The search giant appears to be rolling out a “Home control” center in the Google Assistant settings, from which you can send out commands to your smart home devices using just your voice, as spotted by Android Police.
According to The Verge, the feature called Home Control, lets you use voice commands to control products like Belkin’s WeMo, Nest, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings.
By centralizing the devices to Google Assistant, you won’t need to constantly look for individual apps or invest in a Google Home if you don’t already have one. You can find the new controls under Google Assistant, then the Home Control tab.
While this is a neat feature for Pixel owners and helps Google’s smartphone compete against the likes of Apple’s HomeKit platform, it’s somewhat of a curious play as Google is also promoting the Google Home smart speaker, which controls the same devices using Assistant