Sony, Google Home Get HitchedFirmware update adds voice control to select Sony speakers, TVs 12/19/2016 05:15:00 PM Eastern
Google Home users can now stream music and video to several models of new and existing Chromecast built-in Sony speakers and Android TV Sony 4K HDR televisions by verbalizing their wishes.
The new voice-control capabilities came with recent firmware updates, Sony Electronics said. As a result, users can cast several music streaming services, including YouTube Music, and can turn up the volume or skip to the next track by voicing “Ok Google,” followed by the command.
“Now you can get the awesome sound and video quality of Sony products working together with Google Home,” said Mike Fasulo, president/COO, Sony Electronics. “This additional functionality is another example of Sony’s commitment to customer choice by delivering new and innovative technologies.”
Users can choose music by artist, song, genre, album, playlist, mood or activity, while Google’s multi-room feature groups virtually any combination of Google Home, Chromecast Audio or Chromecast built-in Sony speakers together for synchronized music throughout the home.
Compliant Sony audio products include the HT-ST9, HT-NT5, HT-CT790, HT-XT2, HT-RT5 sound bars; STR-DN1070, STR-DN1060, and STR-DN860 receivers; and SRS-X99, SRS-ZR7, SRS-ZR5, and SRS-HG1 wireless speakers.
Google Home is now supported by all Sony Android TVs.