December 15, 2016
If you are a Google Home owner, gearing up for a few Netflix binges over the holidays just got easier.
Google, in an update to its home assistant, has added support for Netflix. Now, when Google Home is paired with a Chromecast device, you can stream Netflix content to your TV using just your voice.
You start by saying something like, “OK Google, play Once Upon a Time from Netflix on my TV” or “OK Google, play Christmas With the Cranks on Netflix on my TV.” You can also use voice commands like ‘Pause this episode.’
To link your Netflix account to Google Assistant, first make sure you are running the latest version of the Google Home app. Follow these instructions to link your account. The functionality is currently available for iOS and is rolling out to Android this week.
Google Photos has also been made compatible with Google Home, enabling you to share your photos on your Chromecast-connected TV, with a simple voice command. If you can’t remember the name of the album you wish to view, you can search for pictures by saying something like: “Ok Google, show past Christmas pictures on my TV.” You can use your voice to search for your places, things or people.
Google also released a handful of seasonal updates, including the ability to play holiday tunes with a simple voice request. For example, saying “Ok Google, play Christmas music” will bring up some songs from Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube Music based on your app preferences.
You can also keep track of Santa for your kids.
“Whether he’s preparing his sleigh or already in flight, your Assistant keeps you informed of Santa’s latest whereabouts (tracked by Google Maps),” product manager Tomer Shekel said in a blog post. “Just say ‘OK Google, where’s Santa right now’?”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.