Google is bringing a few new features to the first-gen Nest Hub with the latest update. The device will get a new app launcher on the home screen. Moreover, it will get a brand-new Bluetooth menu. These features had already arrived on the second-gen devices back in October last year.
According to 9to5Google, those who own a first-gen Nest Hub and have enrolled in the Preview Program are qualified to get the new update. It bears the firmware version 6.20211109.1.3166212.
Google First-Gen Nest Hub Update: Features
After getting the latest update, you will be able to swipe up from the bottom of the screen which will open up the app launcher. You will be able to see six of your recent apps accompanied by a “See all” button next to it. These icons are placed above the setting strip. The following 19 apps will be available in the drawer—Assistant, Broadcast, Calendar, Contacts, Duo, Games, Netflix, News, Pandora, Podcasts, Reminders, Shopping, Spotify, Stories, Timer, Weather, YT Music, YT TV, and YouTube.
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The update also brings with it a new Bluetooth menu on the home screen. The menu lists all the previously paired devices. Moreover, it also allows you to pair new device and also use the display as a Bluetooth speaker. Previously, you would have to configure the connections via the Google Home companion app. Another part of the firmware update is a “Fuchsia Version” number. You can view the version by navigating to System settings > About device.
Google is reportedly working on a redesign that will include a quick settings panel at the top of the screen. While the newest firmware version includes all the new features, some devices don’t have the new functionalities yet. Moreover, there’s no word on when the update will be rolled out to the public.