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Google Home 1.26 adds Home Max support & bass, treble settings, details speaker pairing, tablet UI, ‘Room EQ’ [APK Teardown]

(Source: 9to5google.com)

This morning Google announced several new features for the Home app, including improved search and advanced audio controls like bass and treble. These changes are rolling out with version 1.26 of the app, with a teardown also revealing the addition of support for the Google Home Max launching next month.

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About APK Teardowns: In this ‘APK teardown,’ we’ve decompiled the latest version of an application that was uploaded to the Play Store. When an app (or an APK, to be specific, in the case of Android apps) is decompiled, we’re able to see various lines of code within that hint at possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may be imperfect. With that in mind, read on.

Google Home Max

Before Google’s October 4th event, we learned that “biggie” was the codename for the Google Home Max. We saw references to a “b” device in a Google Home app teardown and now the latest version confirms that “biggie” is indeed the premium speaker’s codename.

<string name=”device_b_name”>Google Home Max</string>

Version 1.26 contains a number of strings related to pairing the Home Max that is set to launch next month, having only passed the FCC yesterday.

<string name=”assist_stereo_pairing_primary_action”>Pair speakers</string>

<string name=”assist_stereo_pairing_subtitle”>Pair your Google Home Max speakers for room-filling stereo sound</string>

<string name=”assist_stereo_pairing_title”>Pair your speakers</string>

<string name=”assist_view_backdrop_history”>View Backdrop history</string>

<string name=”assist_voice_enrollment_card_subtitle”>Voice Match lets your Assistant recognize your voice on devices you choose</string>

<string name=”assist_voice_enrollment_card_title”>Set up Voice Match</string>

<string name=”assistant_check_ota_done_body”>”Let’s make sure your Assistant is ready to go. Ask it a question like \”Hey Google, what time is it?\””</string>

<string name=”assistant_check_ota_done_title”>Does the Assistant respond?</string>

Google Home Max “Room EQ “

Meanwhile, there are strings detailing Max specific features like “Room EQ” or “Smart Sound” as Google brands it.

<string name=”settings_room_eq_description”>Senses nearby walls and balances the sound.</string>

<string name=”settings_room_eq_title”>Room EQ</string>

There are also interesting lines related to diagnostics:

<string name=”right_device_info_pattern”>Right: %1$s</string>

<string name=”room_eq_broken_mic”>One or more of the microphones on this device are malfunctioning. Please contact our support team for help.</string>

<string name=”room_eq_disabled_by_server”>This feature has been disabled, please contact our support team for more help.</string>

<string name=”room_eq_disabled_header”>Room EQ is disabled</string>

<string name=”room_eq_invalid_orientation”>Room EQ only works when the speaker is oriented horizontally or vertically. Check that the speaker is not tilted or upside down.</string>

<string name=”room_eq_toggle_failed”>Unable to toggle Room EQ value</string>

Pair

Google announced that two Home Max speakers can be wirelessly paired together. However, it now seems that existing Home devices will get a similar pairing functionality. There are several images of existing speakers in a dual configuration with this version.

Equalizer settings

Installing this version of the Google Home app adds Bass and Treble controls for existing Home speakers. It is accessible from the Now Playing screen by tapping the new settings icon in the top right corner. It will bring users to sliders to tune the sound.

<string name=”settings_eq_description”>Bass, treble</string>

<string name=”settings_eq_description_pair”>Bass, treble, balance</string>

<string name=”settings_eq_description_with_room_eq”>Bass, treble, room EQ</string>

<string name=”settings_eq_description_with_room_eq_pair”>Bass, treble, balance, room EQ</string>

However, when Home speakers are used as a “Pair” users gain balance controls, while devices like the Home Max will also have control over “Room EQ.”

New device placeholder

Meanwhile, the Home app adds a placeholder for a new device that is similar to the original entry of the Home Max last month. It’s possible it could be Quartz — the rumored Google Home with a display.

<string name=”device_co_name” />

Tablet interface

Version 1.26 makes references to a tablet interface for the Home app.

<bool name=”suwUseTabletLayout”>false</bool>

Dylan contributed to this article

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