At the Google I/O event earlier this year, the company announced that its home speaker will soon learn a few new tricks, including Bluetooth streaming capability. Surprisingly, Google took some time to bring this update to the Home. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy Chromebook Go powered by Intel Jasper Lake Celeron processor revealedAlso Read - Free COVID-19 vaccine: Today’s Google Doodle urges all to get vaccinated, wear mask
A natural question here would be that when you could just cast music apps to Google Home, why would you now need a Bluetooth feature. Well, Google Home has always supported streaming audio, but that was as a Chromecast target. Your app needs to have Chromecast support baked in. Casting also requires an internet connection for most apps because the target is just reaching out to grab the feed. Google Home will work just like any other Bluetooth audio device; when connected, all media audio will be routed through the speaker in Home. So, if until now, you were reluctant about using the Google Home as a full fledged audio speaker, now maybe the time. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionals
As reported by Android Police, while the feature is slowly rolling out to all Google Home users, some people have already noticed a Paired Bluetooth Devices options in the Google Home app settings.
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While it s still unavailable in India, in the international markets, with small and big updates, Google is really pushing the sales of its home speaker amid deepening competition against Amazon Echo and Apple s new HomePod. Recently, Google has announced a bunch of new deals for users who own or look forward to owning a Made by Google Pixel smartphones. Under the new schemes, Google Pixel smartphone buyers will get a Google Home speaker free with the purchase. ALSO READ: Amazon Alexa with Echo smart speaker to launch in India later this year: Report
Google Home is essentially a connected speaker, which is powered by Google s AI-based Google Assistant, built for streaming music and assistance. Among the bunch of features, few noteworthy ones include hands-free outgoing calls, set reminders, catch updates and your plan travel. The smart home connected speaker can also recognize multiple users from their voice and can also stream music from few third-party streaming services like Spotify and SoundCloud, other than just Google Play Music. ALSO READ: Apple HomePod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Which one is coming to your home?