Phone-Based Google Assistant Can Now Manage Chromecasts
Google has made it possible for people to control media playback on their Chromecast devices through their smartphone. The new behavior is available via Google Assistant on Android and iOS devices. People can issue voice-based commands on their mobile phone to play music and/or videos directly on Chromecast dongles, whether the dongles be attached to speakers, television sets, or embedded in boomboxes. People who own multiple Chromecast dongles can specify which one their phone controls. Prior to this change, a Google Home was required to control Chromecast dongles from a phone. Now, Google Home is no longer needed. The feature has been rolling out slowly, but Google confirmed that it is now available to everyone.
Google Assistant Lets Device Makers Create Custom Actions
Mar 9, 2018
Google today introduced new Custom Device Actions for Google Assistant that will give devices native functionality specific to their hardware. Custom Device Actions build on the Assistant's existing Actions tool for issuing specific commands.
Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
Sep 29, 2015
Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Samsung's Bixby Is Far More than A Voice Assistant for the Galaxy S8
Mar 29, 2017
The Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones feature Bixby, a voice-based user interface developed by Samsung. It's more advanced than a simple voice assistant, as it voice-enables every function of an app.
Google Pairs Its Home Speakers with Your Bluetooth Speakers
Mar 28, 2018
Google today said any of its Google Home speakers can now connect to other Bluetooth speakers in your house so you can control your music via voice commands and spread tunes around your home. Using the Google Home app, people can pair Bluetooth speakers directly with a Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home Max.