One of the core options that was confirmed to be within the works for the Chromecast with Google TV, the flexibility to use Nest Audio as a speaker, has not but been launched.
This week, Google introduced that the Chromecast with Google TV from 2020 — and presumably all Google TV, Android TV, and Cast-compatible gadgets — can now view the reside video feed from their newer Nest cameras immediately on the TV. Some on Twitter have been fast to level out a small similarity to a beforehand leaked function for Android TV and Google TV, which might present alerts from a Nest Doorbell in picture-in-picture.
The announcement and the following dialogue dropped at thoughts among the different options that Google had initially confirmed for the Chromecast with Google TV when it launched in late 2020. Arguably probably the most notorious of those got here from a little bit of promoting copy that went unused by Google , through which it was claimed the brand new Chromecast would be capable to flip your Nest Audio speaker(s) right into a “house theater sound system.”
Despite going unused — showing solely briefly within the Google Search outcome — the corporate confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that it was engaged on a approach to join a number of Nest Audio audio system to the Chromecast with Google TV. In our evaluation of the Nest Audio, we praised the well-rounded sound profile that lends itself properly to music, however it will be straightforward to think about the speaker being equally well-suited to motion pictures and video games.
However, we’re a bit of over two months away from the two-year launch anniversary of the Chromecast with Google TV, and there was no motion on connecting the dongle to any member of the Nest speaker lineup. The closest factor we have now is a clumsy workaround that includes making a speaker group within the Google Home app that mixes the Chromecast together with your Nest audio system.
By utilizing that trick, some Cast-capable video streaming apps will present that speaker group as an accessible goal. The draw back, in fact, is that the answer does not work for native Android TV apps. The latest adjustments to Google Home’s speaker teams have additionally made this workaround much less handy. As such, clients who personal each the Chromecast with Google TV and Nest Audio have been eagerly anticipating Google’s official resolution.
At this level although, with solely a unfastened affirmation that they have been sooner or later “working” on it, it might be time to surrender on ever formally utilizing Nest Audio as a speaker for a Chromecast.
If that is the case, although, it will be a transparent detractor from Google’s Nest ecosystem by comparability to setups from Apple and Amazon. Today, you may simply pair one or two Apple HomePod Mini audio system with an Apple TV, and Amazon’s Echo audio system will be equally paired to a Fire TV gadget.
In some methods, that is yet one more lesson in not shopping for a product based mostly on what it’s ought to be capable to do sooner or later. The blame does not absolutely lie with Google on this case, as they by no means formally introduced or promoted the potential function, but it surely does not make the scenario any much less disappointing.
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