Google has now launched multi-room control for its users so they can dynamically group multiple cast-enabled Nest devices (speakers, Smart Displays, Chromecasts) in real-time to fill rooms with music. According to the tech giant, Multi-room control works with the users’ favourite audio apps, including YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and more.
If a user has more than one Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker or Smart Display, all they need to do is to tap the icon in the bottom left corner of the screen when any audio content is playing. They will easily be able to add or remove their other devices throughout the home.
This update helps Nest devices come together as a whole-home audio system. The multi-room control interface will start rolling out to all Nest Hub, Nest Hub Max and other compatible Assistant-enabled Smart Displays today, and the same functionality will be coming to the Google Home app later this fall.
Besides this update, Chris Chan, Product Manager at Google Nest, has shared few other ways the update helps him take advantage of the audio system:
- Now, it’s possible to move music from one room to another
Stream transfer lets you easily move music, videos, podcasts and more between compatible devices in your home using your voice, the Google Home app or the touchscreen on your Nest smart display.
- Now, experience stereo sound
Stereo pair two Nest Mini or Google Home Max devices in the Google Home app for room-filling sound and even more immersive left and right channel separation.
- Now, get new music recommendations
YouTube Music and Spotify Premium subscribers can ask, “Hey Google, recommend some music” and Google Assistant will offer multiple choices from artists and genres that they like, and others like them to choose from.
Earlier, Google had introduced a software update to make Google Nest Wi-Fi even much better to offer enhanced support for multiple video calls, gaming sessions and more simultaneously.
The software update, which includes general security and stability improvements, will also improve device connection speeds on wireless networks and optimizations so that the devices move to faster Wi-Fi radio channels.
According to Sanjay Noronha, Product Manager, Google Nest, “Our priority device feature is also getting smarter, so you can rest assured Wi-Fi traffic will be prioritized to the device you choose. This means you can make sure your work laptop is getting the strongest Wi-Fi available, as opposed to the kids’ YouTube sessions. And the best part is these updates will be pushed automatically, no action required on your end.”