Earlier this month, an replace to the Google Residence app revealed a new presence sensing feature within the works, together with a revamped setup course of for Residence/Away routines. Now new info on the modifications has hit on-line help documentation, giving us extra particulars on what to anticipate as Google pushes clients away from the Nest app and towards Google Residence.

Presence sensing on the Google Residence app makes use of a mixture of sensors from Nest merchandise and your cellphone’s location information to inform for those who’re house or not. Primarily based on this information, it triggers Residence and Away routines. If this sounds much like the Nest app’s Residence/Away Help characteristic, you are proper. Google says the Residence app replace works “equally, with some enhancements.”

A comparability between Residence & Away routines and the Nest app’s Residence/Away Help.

In true Google style, clients can carry on utilizing the Nest app’s model, swap over to the Residence app’s routines, or proceed utilizing each for now. They’re doing roughly the identical factor behind the scenes, however there are some variations. In the event you allow geofence in a single app, it will get robotically disabled within the different. Residence app routines cannot regulate Nest Guard but, however the Nest app’s Help characteristic cannot regulate sensible lights, plugs, or switches. And if you wish to use the Residence app, you may need to migrate your Nest account to a Google account, if you have not already.

To sum issues up, Google is introducing Residence & Away routines within the Google Residence app to switch Residence/Away Help within the Nest app — however very similar to the transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, the shiny new factor is not essentially higher. It appears a bit of odd for Google to give attention to the Residence app when it is going all in with Nest branding for upcoming sensible house merchandise just like the Nest Audio speaker, however hey, that is one of many issues that makes being a Google fan so irritating enjoyable.