Google Assistant gets more TV controls, including changing channels
Google Assistant is more focused on the TV and home entertainment with new smart devices it can control
Google Assistant is getting some new TV muscle, with controls over devices including sound bars, streaming sticks and more — as long as developers grant permission for these features. Google is opening the door to brands who make what it calls smart home entertainment devices — or SHED, for short — allowing them to use Google Assistant as a voice remote.
The announcement comes as Google gets ready for its Global Developer Summit, a virtual event this year given the impact of Covid-19, with presentations starting July 8, 2020.
Tagged, 'Hey Google" Smart Home Summit,' the event almost clearly will have an entertainment focus, with the imagery promoting it including a smart TV, gaming controller, headphones and a TV remote that looks quite a bit like the leaked new Chromecast remote, white with small buttons.
Previously, Chromecast was controlled by using a smartphone app or speaking to Google Assistant. A new remote may make it easier to click through content — and likely bring up Google's smart assistant too.
The new SHED devices that will be able to integrate Google Assistant voice controls into smart home products include:
At home, these controls will work through a Google home device, like a Nest Mini or Nest Hub Max display, with someone speaking their request aloud — such as pausing the TV. That request moves through the Google device to the Developer Cloud, and then to the entertainment product, whether that's a gaming platform or soundbar, to make the action happen.
We expect to hear more about how this will work — and other features that ay be announced from Google — at the July 8 event, which we will share with you.
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