The app launcher and on-device Bluetooth settings menu are part of a larger-than-normal upgrade for the first-generation Nest Hub.
For individuals who have signed up for the Preview program, firmware version 6.20211109.1.3166212 is presently being rolled out to the first-generation Nest Hub. (The steady channel remains at 4.20210608.1.1146075.)
The Fuchsia Version your device is running is specifically noted on the System settings andgt; About device page after an update. Nearly a year ago, Fuchsia made its debut on the first piece of consumer hardware.
You’ll also see a new Bluetooth menu in settings, where you may pair a new device or use the display as a Bluetooth speaker in addition to viewing already paired devices. Rather than needing to configure connections via the Google Home companion app, this is significantly more convenient. This feature has not yet been added to other Nest Smart Displays, but it will eventually.
Swiping up from the bottom of the screen exposes the app launcher that was initially made available for the Nest Hub Max (in September 2021) and later the 2nd-generation Hub (October). Six recent icons are displayed above the setting strip, each with a See all button next to them. There are 19 apps/actions altogether in the drawer:
The following apps are available on Android: Assistant, Broadcast, Calendar (the pre-Workspace icon is still present), Contacts, Duo, Games, Netflix, News, Pandora, Podcasts, Reminders, Shopping, Spotify, Stories, Timer, Weather, YT Music, YT TV, and YouTube.
After receiving 6.20211109.1.3166212 this morning, we saw these modifications, however not all Nest Hub customers have yet noticed the app launcher. When the upgrade will leave the Preview program and become widely available is unknown.
Google is now working on an updated makeover that will feature a fast settings panel at the top, which is something else to keep in mind. It’s a little odd that the original Nest Hub doesn’t go right to that UI.