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Google Home gets one feature every smart speaker should have

Google Home finally supports the one feature that makes wireless speakers so useful: Bluetooth audio. That means you can finally stream tracks and albums directly from your smartphone, tablet, and other devices without the need for a third-party streaming service.

Google Home has supported music streaming from the very beginning, but you needed access to a streaming service — like Play Music — to take advantage of it; it wasn’t possible to stream tracks stored locally on your device over Bluetooth. But that’s no longer the case, thanks to Bluetooth audio support, which is available now.

And because Bluetooth is so ubiquitous these days, you can stream not only from a smartphone or tablet, but also a computer, handheld console, and any other device with Bluetooth baked in.

“You can also get help from your Google Assistant when you’re looking for just the right tune, and you can have fun doing it,” Google says. “Try this: describe your favorite album artwork, maybe the one with the baby in the water or the four guys walking across the street in London. Or maybe you only remember a few of the lyrics of a song. Just say “Ok Google” and then share what you do know. Either way, your Assistant can name that tune and start playing it.”

Google has also added the ability to stream music from Deezer and Spotify Free in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, France, and Germany.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...