Whilst speakers are all going Wi-Fi connected Google’s smart Home speakers are giving you a new reason to dust of your Bluetooth speakers.
Google Home is the web-giant’s answer to Amazon’s massively popular Echo speakers which puts a fully fledged AI assistant in your home. Google have just brought the Bluetooth speakers of yesteryear back to life by adding functionality to stream music, listen to audiobooks, or chill with a podcast using your Home device through Bluetooth speakers.
Google added Bluetooth connections for Home devices after users said they wanted to enhance the sound on their Google Home Mini’s. You can connect to multiple Bluetooth speakers as well from any Google Home device which means that you can connect up a multi-room setup with music playing throughout the house, in different rooms at the same time – or just get that stereo/surround sound audio.
Of course the Bluetooth speakers are just a speaker in the setup and won’t be magically transformed to take commands, everything will still have to be controlled through a Google Home device. You can make a Bluetooth speaker your default device for audio so that Home connects straight up to it without you having to ask it when you want to play music or listen to a good book.
To get started, pair any compatible Bluetooth speaker with your Google Home: Open the Google Home app, head to device settings and follow the pairing instructions to make it your default speaker. Then give it a whirl. Say “Hey Google, shuffle my workout playlist” or “Hey Google, turn up the volume”. The music will automatically play on your Bluetooth speaker – without you having to tell Google the name of the device.