Google says Nest Audio and Chromecast home theater integration is coming
When an unused marketing copy for the Nest Audio speaker was discovered on Google Search last week, it suggested a feature that had not previously been touted. Like Amazon’s Echo speakers with Fire TV and Apple’s HomePod with Apple TV (soon), Nest Audios should be able to use the new Chromecast to create a home theater sound system with Google TV. Google now appears to have confirmed that this is coming.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a Google spokeswoman admitted that the company was working on integrating home theaters for Nest Audio, although no schedule was given for launch. It’s also unclear if this only applies to the latest Nest Audio speakers or earlier models in the range like the Nest Mini, although the former seems more likely. It’s also uncertain whether this only applies to Google’s latest Chromecast, or whether older generations will be updated as well.
Home theater functionality was noisy for the Google Home Max due to its size and great sound quality, but that never materialized. A pair of Nest Audio speakers would make a decent home theater solution even if other products weren’t updated with assistance. Since the feature was used in marketing copy in the first place, it should be almost prime time ready. Hopefully we don’t have to wait too long for Google to roll them out.