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Google Home receiving support for Netflix and Google Photos (UPDATE: now available)

The update allows users to ask the Google Home to stream Netflix and Google Photos content to a Chromecast.

Published onDecember 14, 2016

Update (December 14, 2016) -- Google Home just got a little bit jollier; or at least that is the angle the Search Giant is taking in their latest blog post. The tech company is now making Google Home support for both Netflix and Google Photos official.

It's simple to ask Google Home to play specific movies or shows on your Chromecast-connected TV, or even control your media hands-free (pause, change episodes, etc.). In addition, it's now easy to ask Google Home to display images from your Google Photos collection. And you can get specific -- just tell Google Home to showcase images from your vacations, specific time frames or even topics.

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Of course, you will have to link your accounts. Google Home and Google Assistant will be an important part of the equation, so make sure you keep these up-to-date. Google also mentions Netflix support will be rolling out this week, so sit tight and be patient if you don't see this functionality yet.

This is great news for anyone looking to buy a Google Home device soon, but Google isn't stopping there. There's another treat waiting for you. New YouTube Red subscribers will be enjoying a free 6-month trial for the purchase of their Google Home units. Terms do apply and you need to purchase it before December 31st, though. 

Original post (December 12, 2016) – Google is rolling out support for Photos and Netflix to its Google Home speaker. The update allows users to ask the Google Home to play Netflix content, or display their uploaded photos, on a Chromecast or Chromecast-compatible device.

A new ‘Videos and Photos’ section can be found in the Google Assistant settings of the Google Home app, giving users the opportunity to link their Netflix account or enable/disable the Google Photos integration.

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Despite the Netflix option making an appearance, however, it’s reported that the functionality hasn’t yet been finalized. If you find it in your Google Assistant settings, it may be sitting dormant for the time being. Google could make an official announcement about the new services before they go live.

The news follows the recent introduction of ‘Actions on Google’ which allows third-party developers to integrate voice support for their own products through Google Assistant. You can learn more about that over at the Google Developers blog.

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