Technology Google streamlines music transfers between Home and Nest devices
Google update lets you transfer music between its Home speakers with your voice
Google's Assistant can now move music and YouTube videos between Google devices within your home.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.
Moving music between different Google Home and Nest devices has been a convoluted process for a while now, but Google is at long last making it easier to do just that. The company isthat allows you to ask Assistant to move music and podcasts between different Chromecast, Google Home and Nest devices. One example the company gives is, "Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker."
The feature is also accessible through the Google Home app, allowing you to send audio to a variety of different devices through the app's casting interface. If you own one of Nest's smart displays and a Chromecast connected TV, you can also use the feature to move YouTube videos between those devices. Lastly, stream transfer allows you to organize multiple speakers into a single group. You can then move music and podcasts between a single device and a group of speakers.
Google lets you move music between smart speakers in your home
New feature is being rolled out for use on Google Home speakers, Nest Hub video monitors and Chromecast enabled TVs. "Hey, Google, move the music."The company calls the new tool "Stream Transfer," and it's rolling out today.
When it comes to music, stream transfer is compatible with YouTube Music, Spotify and Pandora, as well as a variety of other audio apps. At launch, YouTube is the only app that supports moving videos. We've reached out to the company to see if we can get a full list of compatible music apps, so stay tuned. Notably, it looks like one limitation of the feature is that it doesn't work with third-party Assistant-enabled smart speakers such as the. Thankfully, smart speakers like the ones Sonos sells have had their own take on stream transfer for a while now; in fact, Google is a bit late to the party when it comes to this type of functionality. But better late than never.
Google says stream transfer is rolling out starting today.
Personal assistants would be good for children
The future in the home is connected speakers and other personal assistants who are able to control more and more devices. Researchers in psychology are therefore logically interested in these new uses and their effects on everyday life, especially among younger generations who will grow up surrounded by these new systems. It seems like it's not a bad thing.
Cornell University researcher Solace Shen reveals that personal assistants will have a positive impact on children's social interactions.Personal assistants: best friends of children?
The concept could be at first counter-intuitive: how would a personal assistant, Artificial Intelligence, be positive for children? Solace Chen, who has studied the relationship between children and RNs, believes that this is the case. In this case, she considers that the games built into the connected speakers could be a new way of interacting with her children.
Unlike computers or smartphones, connected speakers do not have screens, at least in their simplest version. In fact, according to Shen, playing with forces to focus on the other person. "It's a unique advantage of these devices with voice control," she told CNBC'sCriticized smartphones, connected speakers praised?
Solace Shen had already considered positive the advent of connected speakers but his remarks take a different dimension after the criticism that was made to smartphones: two investment funds activists Apple criticized the Cupertino company because the iPhone would be too addictive and therefore dangerous for the youngest.
The trend is therefore to criticize the smartphone, yet ubiquitous, and the massive adoption of connected speakers. Their benefits to children is already a selling point and a development axis for Google and Amazon, leaders of the connected speakers market, who have already integrated many functions for the youngest like quizzes and games.
Google's Nest Hub and Hub Max can now ‘sense' your presence and respond accordingly .
On Wednesday, Android Police was the first to report that Google's Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max can now use ultrasound technology to sense when users are near and tailor what's displayed on their screens accordingly. As of Wednesday, if you are within five feet of your Google Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max, the devices can sense your presence and tailor what's on the screen based on your distance. This is made possible with integrated ultrasound technology. When you're close to the devices, they will automatically display the weather and touch controls.
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