Monday, 12 December 2016

Google Home improves Chromecast bonds with Netflix and Photos integration

Google Home so far may have only been living with us for a while, but it’s quickly becoming our favorite thing in the house. And now it’s starting to play a little nicer with the other things we love, with Netflix and Google Photos support beginning to roll out to users. First spotted by Android Police, the update brings a new Videos and Photos tab to the Google Home app’s Assistant settings, inside which you will see options for linking your Netflix account and enabling Google Photos. As described in the app, the new features, which require a separate Chromecast and Netflix subscription, will enable users to stream photos to their TV and “play shows and movies by asking your Assistant.” Okay.... as at last week, Google announced that it was opening its Actions on Google platform, allowing developers to tap directly into the digital assistant to bring voice commands for things like food ordering, news, and shopping, as well as enabling two-way conversations with the device. So finally here, we should expect a lot more of these types of useful interactions making their way to Google Home in the coming months.

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