Users now have multiple TVs, smart speakers and smart displays in their home. Even though it is easy to stream music, videos and podcasts to these devices, it is quite difficult to control the media when users move from room to room. Google today announced a new feature called Stream transfer that will allow users to easily move music, videos, podcasts and more between compatible devices using their voice, the Google Home app or the Nest smart display.
Here’s how Google stream transfer works:
- Move your music with the Google Assistant: Start playing music on the Google Home Mini in your kitchen, and keep the vibe going in the living room. Just say, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker.”
- Control your entertainment with the Google Home app: Tap the cast button to see all the devices in your home, then choose which device or group you’d like to move your podcast or music to.
- Move YouTube videos between your Nest smart display and Chromecast-enabled TV: Browse for your favorite YouTube videos on Nest Hub Max, and tap the cast control on the screen to move it to your Chromecast-connected TV. Or, say “Hey Google, play it on living room TV.”
- Fill your home with music: If you have more than one Google Home and Nest smart speaker or display, you can set up a speaker group in the Home App. Transfer music from a single speaker to the speaker group to fill your whole home with music.
This new Stream transfer feature works with popular apps including YouTube, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. Google is rolling out this feature to all Chromecasts and Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays today.