Google Assistant built directly into it. It looks to be quite powerful, and one of the most notable features is its ability to connect to your Chromecast. For example, you're able to say something like "OK Google, play Stranger Things on Netflix on my TV." Google Home is then able to understand your command, connect to your Chromecast, and then start playing Stranger Things on your TV via Netflix. Because of this integration between the two platforms, it makes sense that Google is getting rid of the Google Cast name and renaming it to reflect their Alexa competitor.Google Home is the search giant's answer to Amazon's Alexa, as it's essentially a wired Bluetooth speaker that has the new
If you happen to be running preview versions of the Chromecast software on your TV's dongle, you'll notice that Google is getting rid of all the Chromecast branding and replacing it with Google Home. These are all logical moves on Google's end, and although we can't say it's much of a surprise at all, it's still a bit sad to see the Chromecast name slowly die out.
Google Home is currently available on the Google Store for $129, and it looks like the update to the Google Cast Google Home app is rolling out now.