The Google Home and Google Home Mini aren’t exactly known for having powerful speakers. Which is why owners of these devices will be glad to know Google just announced that starting this week you’ll be able to pair a third-party Bluetooth speaker to your Google Home. The new features it’s available for all three Google Home models including the premium Google Home Max.
Once you pair a compatible Bluetooth speaker with one of your Homes, you will be able to make it default for playing music. This way you won’t have to tell your Home where to send your songs every time you want to play something.
Google Home gains an useful, new feature
You can easily pair a Bluetooth speaker with your Home in the device settings section of the Home app. This is a great way to experience multi-room audio, without having to buy more expensive equipment for each room.
What’s more, multiple speakers can be paired together similar to creating audio groups with Chromecast.
Yet, we need to note one thing: pairing a Bluetooth speaker with a Google Home device doesn’t automatically imbue it with Google Assistant’s smarts. Yes, you will be able to get access to the same music, news or weather updates you can access through a Home speaker. But voice commands will still have to be directed towards your Home device.
Google notes that this feature was highly requested by Home Mini owners. Even so, it was high time the company offered this option, as Amazon Echo users have long been able to stream audio to a Bluetooth speaker.
For those who are still wondering whether they should get a Google Home device, the new feature might prove incentive enough.
The standard Google Home is currently on sale for $129, while the Mini is available for a more affordable $49. Last but not least, the Max will take you back with a pretty hefty $399. You can pick up any of the three models from the Google Store.