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Touch controls

On Smart Displays with Google Assistant, in the Google Assistant app and in the Google Home app, users can control devices in their home with a graphical interface. This may be a slider to control the temperature of a thermostat, or a button to turn a light on and off. These touch controls serve as a complement to voice commands.

These controls are automatically enabled; no development work is required.

Smart Displays with Google Assistant

On Smart Displays with Google Assistant, touch controls are based on the traits supported by the device.

Fullscreen View

This image shows touch controls for controlling the temperature of a thermostat from the fullscreen view on Smart Displays with Google Assistant
Figure 1. Touch controls for controlling the temperature of a thermostat from the fullscreen view of a Smart display.

Tiled View

This image shows touch controls for controlling the temperature of a thermostat from the tiled view on Smart Displays with Google Assistant
Figure 2. Touch controls for controlling the temperature of a thermostat from the tiled view of a Smart display with Google Assistant.

Supported Traits

Supported Device Types

All device types (but Scene) have icons displayed along-side touch controls associated to the supported traits implemented by that device.

This image shows the icon for a thermostat device on Smart Displays with Google Assistant.
Figure 3. Icon for a thermostat device on a Smart display with Google Assistant.

If a device doesn't implement any of the supported traits a placeholder is displayed to the user suggesting the use of voice control.

This image shows the placeholder displayed for a device with unsupported traits.
Figure 4. Placeholder for device with unspported traits on Smart Displays with Google Assistant.

Google Assistant App

This image shows touch controls for controlling the temperature of
          the hallway thermostat.
Figure 5. Touch controls in the Google Assistant app for controlling the temperature of a thermostat

Supported Traits

Supported Device Types

Google Home App

This image shows touch controls for controlling the temperature of
             a thermostat.
Figure 6. Touch controls in the Google Home app for controlling the temperature of a thermostat.

Supported Traits

Supported Device Types