Google Home will now work with the free ad supported tier of Spotify

The Amazon Echo gets much of the attention when we talk about smart speakers, which is no surprise given its 70% market share. In second place with a market share that exceeds 20% is the Google Home. While the Echo is powered by Alexa, the surprise breakout star of 2017, Google Assistant is found on the Google Home. These market share figures are bound to change when Microsoft's Invoke and Apple's HomePod are launched later this year.

While previously Google Home could access playlists and stream music for subscribers to Spotify's paid Premium service, those using Spotify's free ad supported tier were not able to listen to their music over Google Home. That is, until now. Google has recently changed its support page for Google Home to include the free tier of Spotify. This doesn't come as a total surprise since back at Google I/O in May, the search giant announced that its Smart Speaker would eventually support Spotify's free and paid levels of service. To add a Spotify account to your Google Home, open the Google Home app, tap on Music, and then click on Spotify.

Earlier this month, Google Home added support for another streaming music site called Deezer, and we also expect the product to add SoundCloud to the list of streamers that it is integrated with. If you want the first chance to use new features that are being added to Google Home, you can now sign up for the Google Home Preview Program. This will allow you to test out new software updates and features added to the smart speaker before the vast majority of users get to experience them. To sign up or to see more information about the preview program, click on this link.

source: GoogleSupport via AndroidPolice



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Should be a win-win deal for both parties.

2. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

Echo been on the market almost 3 years coming this November and the Google Home less than a year. So the market share kind of makes sense. But I do think you will see Google Home take over as market leader over time unless the trend changes. Google keeps adding new features faster than Amazon. Yesterday Google added the ability to make phone calls which can not do on the Echo. But it is much more foundational. The Google Home can tell people apart by their voice which is not possible on the Echo. Our Google Home in the kitchen I say "call mom" and get my mom and my wife asks and gets her mom. My kids say "call mom" and it calls my wife. The Echo can not do phone calls but it is deeper as the Echo has manual commands to switch users and uses passcodes. But then you look a level even deeper the Echo has commands you memorize and then use. The Google Home you talk naturally to it like you would to your wife. I purchased an Echo on the preview in late 2014. I memorized the commands but could not get my family to really engage and it remained my toy. I then purchased a Google Home and they engaged and so purchased more and now they are well integrated into our home. The lower friction of needing to memorize commands is what made the difference. Google will continue to take share from the Echo and ultimately will become the dominate home smart speaker.

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

pretty sure echo does calls now. I saw it on their site not too long ago

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