Google Makes It Easier to Move Music and Video Streams Between Devices

Watching a movie? "Hey Google, play it on the living room TV".

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".

Already it's been possible to remotely control playback on a Chromecast-equipped TV through issuing a voice command to a Google-powered smart speaker. 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. If you prefer to use the Google Home app instead, tap the cast button that will allow you to see all the devices in your home, then choose which device or group you wish to move your music to.

You can now transfer streams between the smart speakers and screens you've set up in Google Home. You will be able to transfer music from a single speaker to the speaker group following the steps above.

Many of us have multiple cast devices within their home and the ability to transfer the stream from one room to another seamlessly is something many users have screamed out for. It's been in development since 2018 but was delayed in order to build a proper visual element for smart displays.

You can also start playing a YouTube video on your Nest Hub Max and move it to a Chromecast-connected TV, using either the cast control on the Nest's screen or by saying, "Hey Google, play it on the living room TV".

This new Stream transfer feature works with popular apps including YouTube, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more.

For now, it appears that transferring video is only supported by YouTube, but support for more providers should come eventually.

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house.