You Can Now Move Streams Between Google Cast Devices With Your Voice

Joanna Estrada
October 9, 2019

Users now have multiple TVs, smart speakers and smart displays in their home.

"Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker".

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". Just say, "Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker".

If you've set up groups, meanwhile - such as several smart speakers in one room, or a group for the whole house - it's possible to transfer music to and from that collection of speakers. Google is rolling out this feature to all Chromecasts and Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays today.

Not only can you move the media you are playing from one cast device to another but you can move it to a group of cast devices.

You can use Stream transfer with all the audio apps that are now compatible with Google Assistant such as YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and others. It can also move YouTube videos between Chromecast and Nest smart displays. On the video side, however, the feature is also now limited to regular YouTube videos and does not work with YouTube TV or other video services. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim. If you're watching a YouTube video on a Chromecast-enabled TV, for example, you could say "Hey Google, play it on the kitchen Nest Hub Max" and the video would automatically stop playback on the TV and pick up instantly on the smart display in the kitchen. A spokesperson told Variety that it will bring the feature to third-party smart displays in the coming months, and that it was working on bringing it to additional devices, including Android TVs, in the future. It's much more limited on the video side, though, with YouTube being the only listed compatible app.

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