Google Home owners have a new reason to bring their dusty Bluetooth speakers out of storage. The search giant on Wednesday announced its family of smart speakers, including the recently-introduced Home Max, can connect to any Bluetooth speaker for multi-room audio capabilities.
The new feature is especially great for anyone who owns the Home Mini, which is the cheapest way to begin your smart home pilgrimage.
Now any of your Google home devices can connect to other Bluetooth speakers so you can control your entertainment experience simply using the sound of your voice. Turn up the beats in the living room, listen to a podcast while you cook or finish a few chapters of your audiobook before bed—even in rooms that don’t have a Google device.
That last bit is key, because it means you can purchase one Google Home device for your entire setup, so long as your existing speakers support Bluetooth. That’s more than we can say for Apple’s HomePod, which pretends Bluetooth doesn’t exist.
What’s cool is you can set any Bluetooth speaker in your home as the default once it’s connected to your Google Home. To connect a speaker to your Home device, simply open the Google Home app and follow the pairing instructions.
While you can set any Bluetooth speaker as the default, you’ll still need a Home device nearby in order to ask queries, such as what’s on your calendar. Still, if you’re looking for a way to smarten up your home, Google’s new feature is a nice way to start.