Google Assistant smart devices will soon be able to stream from SiriusXM
A recent teardown of the Google app version 10.81.6.29.arm64 revealed a number of upcoming features. Among these was the updated Collections UI, smart screenshots, and Google Podcast bookmarking. The teardown also revealed that Google was testing a new feature that will allow you to link specific radio services to the Google Assistant. Google is now finally rolling out this feature to Assistant-powered smart speakers and mobile devices.
According to a recent blog post from the company, the new feature will allow you to stream SiriumXM’s radio channels using the Google Assistant. The company has added several new commands to allow you to choose from a variety of different talk shows, commercial-free music, and sports stations with just your voice. For instance, you’ll be able to say “Hey Google, play The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM” to play hits from the band. If you’re not sure which channel to listen to, you can also say “Hey Google, play SiriusXM” and the Assistant will automatically play the last channel you listened to.
The new feature will be made available in the US and Canada starting next week. At launch, the feature will only be available in English, but the company promises to include support for Canadian French soon. You will also be able to avail up to a 3-month free trial subscription of SiriusXM, provided you have a Google Assistant account set up in the Google Home app. Additionally, Google aims to add curated video content from SiriusXM for Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max users later this year. This will give you access to exclusive in-studio performances, interviews, and more.
The post also lists down some of the most useful commands for the new feature. Here are a few ways you can tune into the radio with the Google Assistant:
- Ask for your favorite station by its channel name or frequency—say something like, “Hey Google, play KGMZ” or “play 95.7.”
- Find the local NPR station by saying “Hey Google, play NPR” or even tune into international stations such as BBC Radio with the Assistant.
- The Assistant remembers your most recent station. Just say “Hey Google, turn on the radio” to drop back into the stream.
- When you’re in the car, you can access the Assistant from your driving directions in Google Maps. Just say “Hey Google …” and ask for your favorite station, so that you don’t have to take your eyes off the road.
- Your favorite radio station will automatically play when you add it to your “good morning” or “I’m home” Routine, which allows you to get multiple things done with a single command from the Assistant.