Sony Speakers, TVs Tie the Knot with Google Home; Will Now Obey Ok Google Commands

December 21, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

If you thought Google Home to be not-so-worthy gift for Christmas, you might have to rethink your decision. Google’s adorable Echo-akin speaker is finally stepping up the game by expanding its support for new devices.

Kick-starting the list is Sony, which will be offering third-party support for Google Home speakers through its range of speakers and Android TVs. The devices will now be able to take voice controls for controlling music and video streaming from Google Home speakers to help users skip the menacing process of smart home setup.

The feature will be made available to Sony’s inter-connected speakers and TV devices that come with built-in Chromecast support. The set of TV devices include all Android TVs as well as Sony’s high-end 4k HDR TVs, while the ones in speaker range will comprise of wireless speakers and sound bars. These are HT-ST9, HT-NT5, HT-CT790, HT-XT2, HT-RT5 sound bars; STR-DN1070, STR-DN1060, and STR-DN860 receivers; and SRS-X99, SRS-ZR7, SRS-ZR5, and SRS-HG1 wireless speakers.

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With the new feature, users can say simple voice commands starting with Ok Google to channel the audio to their desired speaker. For e.g., users can say “OK Google, play Spotify on my Sony speaker” to route the audio from Spotify to Sony’s inter-connected speakers.

Similarly, users can also pair up the Sony devices inside Google’s app to set up multi-room audio systems for synchronized audio stream across their home.

Google Home, which was released over a month ago, is yet to flaunt its full potential, and the current move of getting hitched with Sony is the first move in its path of competing with the Amazon Echo. This will be followed up by the integration with Google’s new IoT platform, the Android Things, which is expected to handle more functionality to Google Home.

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