A dedicated tab for Google Assistant'Games' has been added to the Nest Hub and other Smart Displays.
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Smart Displays underwent a major UI and navigation overhaul in October. For certain Nest Hub users, Google is now rearranging tabs to place an unfortunate focus on Assistant play, but this causes a glitch on a second-gen model that causes “Wellness” to vanish.

Update 4/14: The "Games" tab is back and visible for more Nest Hub users today, after a buggy rollout that was reverted. It occurs between “Your [afternoon]” and “Home control,” but on the 2nd-gen Nest Hub, it appears after Wellness.

Edit: The "Wellness" tab has returned after a server-side update, but the "Games" segment has vanished for users who previously had it.

Original 4/10: Tapping the Photo Frame brings users to “Your morning/afternoon/evening,” where they can see the temperature, smart device controls in the same room, household contacts, and other recommendations. As the redesign first went up, “Home control” was next, with shortcuts to all lights, cameras, speakers, and TVs, as well as huge command cards for connectivity (if you have Google/Nest Wifi), routines, and rooms.

“Games” is now the next tab after the custom Nest Hub home screen for certain apps. It begins with a 22-card “Top games for you” deck, followed by a “Features games” deck. Three spaces are dedicated to individual titles, and a grid connects categories such as trivia, puzzles, multiplayer, and expression.

This seems to be consistent with Google's strategy of promoting Assistant games over the last year. The Interactive Canvas system is used to create titles and has a Continuous Match Mode function that keeps the microphone working so you can chat without having to use the hotword first. Games help make Smart Displays more of a forum for third-party developers, in addition to increasing use.

A dedicated tab for Google Assistant'Games' has been added to the Nest Hub and other Smart Displays.

A dedicated tab for Google Assistant'Games' has been added to the Nest Hub and other Smart Displays.

For those who mainly use their Smart Displays to monitor connected gadgets, the transition is uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can open Home control right away by swiping down from the top of the computer. It's always a pain that Google chose this new setup without allowing users to customize or conceal tabs:

Clock > Your evening > Games > Home control > Media > Communicate > Family > Discover

This is also the order on the Nest Hub (2nd generation), implying a bug. The “Wellness” tab, which was in the second place out of the box, has mysteriously vanished, with Nest Hub users no longer seeing sleep-related tips and information cards. However, the home screen still has a "Your sleep" tile, and the voice command still functions to see the performance. Google would most likely issue a fast patch so that owners can get the most out of their new unit.

These latest tabs ordering for Assistant games are available on both Cast firmware 1.52 (stable) and 1.54 beta, but it hasn't been rolled out to all Nest Hub users yet.

A dedicated tab for Google Assistant'Games' has been added to the Nest Hub and other Smart Displays.
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