Google is working on Nest Audio integration with Chromecast
Nest Audio is the latest smart speaker from Google, replacing the original Google Home that launched all the way back in 2016. The Nest Audio not only offers much better sound quality, but it also looks aesthetically pleasing in its fabric-covered body. We rated the Nest Audio highly for its amazing sound quality in our review. While the speaker makes for a great choice for streaming music and listening to podcasts, you’ll soon be able to utilize Google’s new smart speaker for watching movies and TV shows.
Google has confirmed it’s working on making it possible to use Nest Audio as the primary audio output of your TV. The news comes from WSJ (via 9to5Google), which received a statement from Google saying that “the company is working on Nest Audio-Chromecast integration.”
Although Google Home/Nest owners could link their smart speakers with Chromecast to control music and video on their TV, it wasn’t possible to use them as the default TV speakers. Once the feature goes live, Nest Audio owners will be able to pair their speaker(s) with Chromecast to form a home theatre system. Google will be playing catch-up with Amazon, which has long supported this ability on the Echo speakers and Fire TV.
No other details about the Chromecast integration have been provided yet. The new Chromecast stick with Google TV will certainly be the first to get the new feature. However, it’s unclear if older Chromecast dongles, including Chromecast Ultra and smart TVs with Chromecast built-in, will support the integration. Similarly, it’s also unclear if the integration will be expanded to other Google Smart speakers such as Nest Mini, original Google Home, and Google Home Max, or it will remain exclusive to Nest Audio. Google hasn’t shared a timeline as to when it plans to roll out the Chromecast integration to Nest Audio. We’ll be sure to let you know if we hear more details from Google.