Technology Google lets you move music between smart speakers in your home
Bose's new portable speaker has Alexa, Google Assistant and 360 audio
Bose is expanding its smart speaker offerings with the aptly named Bose Portable Home Speaker, which includes Bluetooth connectivity, voice control and virtual assistant integration into a 7.5-inch by 4-inch package. The 2.3-pound speaker is made for on-the-go activities, with 12 hours of battery life, an IPX4 water-resistance rating and -- of course -- a handle. The Bose Portable Home Speaker pushes out 360-degree sound using one active driver, three passive radiators and a deflector. To offset the speaker's small size, Bose is using that deflector to focus its bass frequencies, which can be lacking in portable speakers that sport a small form factor.
Google has a new way for you to move music around the room. Just say "Hey, Google" to start a song on one speaker and finish it on another.
The company calls the new tool "Stream Transfer," and it's rolling out today.
The idea is that you would say, "Hey, Google, play Happy by Pharrell Williams," and the song would begin playing on your Google Home speaker. But in the middle of the tune, you want to go to another room and still hear the song. So now say "Hey, Google, move the music to the bedroom Nest Hub."
Google Home speakers can now make mobile calls, starting in Australia
For two years, Google Home users have been able to place calls from their smart speakers using the built-in VoIP functionality. From today that function is available using mobile service too, with Australian mobile provider Telstra becoming the first company to offer voice-activated calling via a mobile carrier. Telstra customers can link up to six mobile numbers to their Google Home and sync the contacts as well, letting them call anyone from their phone book using their Home device. To use voice calling with multiple numbers, they can set up Google Voice Match to identify voices and link them to a particular number and contact list.
Google Home, the company's answer to Amazon Echo speakers, has been going through a confusing name change. Google Home is still the name of the flagship product, but the video display devices that used to be called Google Home Hub are now the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max. The product known as Google Mini is about to be changed to the Nest Mini, according to.
On a company blog, Google notes that it launched Chromecast in 2013, a device that enabled folks to "cast," or transmit, programming from their phones to TVs via an HDMI dongle.
"Now that millions of users have multiple TVs, smart speakers and smart displays (some in every room!) we wanted to make it easy for people to control their media as they moved from room to room," Google notes on its blog.
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.
Besides voice control, users can also move music via the Google Home smartphone app, which shows images of the different devices in the home. The app will show which device the song is playing on. You can manually move it to another.
It also works for videos. Use your voice to move a YouTube video midstream from a Nest display to a Chromecast-enabled TV by saying "Hey, Google, play it on living room TV."
The feature works with YouTube Music, Spotify and Pandora and for video, just YouTube.
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Spotify opens its free tier to Amazon Alexa devices, as Sonos acquires voice assistant startup Snips .
Tech companies are accelerating the convergence of digital music, smart speakers and voice assistants with a series of moves this week. © Provided by GeekWire, LLCDigital music service Spotify announced Wednesday that users of its free tier will now be able to hear their Spotify music and playlists on Amazon Alexa devices. The capability previously required a paid Spotify subscription. The capability will also be rolled out to Sonos speakers and Bose smart speakers, the company said.The announcement came after Amazon expanded the free, ad-supported version of Amazon Music to the iPhone, Android devices, and Fire TV.
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