Sony has announced that it is rolling out a firmware update to its line of 4K HDR Android TVs and Chromecast built-in speakers, allowing them to be controlled by Google Home. Up to this point, you had to use a phone or tablet to individually cast content to your Sony devices but now you can simply talk to your Home and say, “Ok Google, play some Christmas music on my Sony speaker.”
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For over a year now, we’ve been able to use a feature called multi-room playback with multiple Chromecast Audio dongles connected to speakers spread out across our homes. When Google Home was released, we were then able to add the connected speaker to our multi-room playback group as well as also control the music with help from the built-in Google Assistant.
Now, with this new firmware update, you’ll now also be able to group Sony speakers together with your Home and other Chromecast Audio devices from within the Google Home application.
The current list of Sony speakers that will be receiving the firmware update include: HT-ST9, HT-NT5, HT-CT790, HT-XT2, HT-RT5 sound bars, model STR-DN1070, STR-DN1060, and STR-DN860 receivers, model SRS-X99, SRS-ZR7, SRS-ZR5, and the SRS-HG1 wireless speakers
If you would like to learn more about Sony’s speakers with Chromecast built-in, you can visit the company’s website here.