One of many worst issues about sensible house {hardware} is the setup course of. Some Assistant-compatible units are virtually plug and play, whereas others want third celebration integrations with linked providers and a protracted, convoluted setup. Again in 2019, Google added a characteristic known as “seamless setup” that makes the method a complete lot simpler, although over a 12 months later, solely a handful of issues assist it. However sooner or later, sensible house devices with the characteristic will get a badge on the field to make them simpler to identify.

Though Google is inconsistent in relation to capitalization for the characteristic’s title, Seamless Setup-compatible units will get a tweaked model of the prevailing “works with Hey Google” badge that changed “works with the Google Assistant,” itself following the rebranding away from “Works with Nest” — all three title adjustments occurred simply within the final 12 months and a half, if you happen to can consider it.

The brand new badge

The brand new Seamless Setup badge signifies that the product inside might be arrange utilizing nothing greater than the Google Dwelling app itself. Which means no third-party apps to put in or providers to hyperlink earlier than it really works. Similar to establishing a Nest Mini, it solely takes a number of faucets as you hook up with the system and inform Google the place it’s.

Thus far, we solely know of some third-party merchandise that assist Seamless Setup. GE’s C-Life bulbs have the characteristic, as will Xiaomi’s new Yeelight Good LED Bulb M2. Google’s checklist of Seamless Setup model companions on the present time is very small.

Between this and the brand new automated troubleshooting instruments for Nest units, Google seems to grasp that its sensible house ecosystem might be fairly tough to handle. Hopefully, extra producers bounce on the Seamless Setup prepare now that customers might be skilled to identify higher merchandise by way of this new badge.