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Technology Google update lets you transfer music between its Home speakers with your voice

19:45  08 october  2019
19:45  08 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Google 's latest Assistant update can let you move music and YouTube videos between devices such as the Nest Hub Max. You also won't be able to start playing music on a speaker in your home and then tell Google to transfer it to your phone as you leave the house, though the Share your voice .

Google continues to add more media and smart speaker integrations across its growing number of hardware and software products, and Now, if you have a Google Home speaker — that includes the new Home Mini and Home Max that were announced earlier this month — you can use your voice to

Google Assistant is getting smarter and more useful around the house. In a new update Tuesday, Google announced that its digital assistant can now move music between Home and Nest smart speakers. It can also move YouTube videos between Chromecast and Nest smart displays.

a close up of electronics: Google's latest Assistant update can let you move music and YouTube videos between devices such as the Nest Hub Max. Derek Poore/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Google's latest Assistant update can let you move music and YouTube videos between devices such as the Nest Hub Max. Derek Poore/CNET

The new feature means you can start playing music in your bedroom on a Google Home Mini and have the song transfer over to your Hub Max in your living room by saying "Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker." The same effect works with Chromecast and Google's smart displays.

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Google explains that it uses your voice activity to help you get better results across its products, in ways like After you hold the Home button on your phone to open it, tap the keyboard icon in the bottom-left corner. This lets you type out a command for Google Assistant.

Google Home speakers just got a lot more useful for listening to music . The company has rolled out an update to the Google Home app that lets you Though the tiny speaker is powerful enough to fill a decent-sized room, its sound isn't nearly as rich as larger speakers . or even the full-sized Google

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Those with a smart display can also move content to a different device using the touchscreen.

Google says the music feature will work with a number of different services including Spotify, Pandora and its own YouTube Music . On the video side, however, the feature is also currently limited to regular YouTube videos and does not work with YouTube TV or other video services.

Devices will need to be Google-branded to take advantage of the new feature. (Chromecast will require an actual Chromecast plugged into the TV.) This means it won't yet work on third-party speakers such as Sonos or on TVs that run Android TV or have Chromecast built in.

Google tells CNET that it's "working on bringing the functionality to additional third-party devices in the future."

You also won't be able to start playing music on a speaker in your home and then tell Google to transfer it to your phone as you leave the house, though the company says it is "always looking for ways to enhance media experiences on our devices."

The new feature will begin rolling out "across all Chromecasts and Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays" starting today.

Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable .
Smart speakers' frequent under-the-radar updates are usually convenient, but they're creating a lot of headaches for some Google device owners. Google has confirmed that it's fixing a problem with firmware updates that have bricked Home and Home Mini speakers. Some people have had success by temporarily unplugging the power cable or performing a factory reset, but others haven't been so lucky -- numerous owners have reported that their devices are completely unusable. If you're affected, you'll see the speaker's four lights stay lit.This doesn't appear to affect the Home Max, displays like the Home Hub or Nest-branded speakers.

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