Just ahead of the holidays, Google has updated its Google Home speaker to introduce more support for services like Netflix, and the addition of voice commands for Photos. All users with Google Home will now be able to play specific Netflix episodes, pause, rewind, and fast forward with the help of voice commands.
To set this up, you will need a Chromecast connected to the TV, a Wi-Fi network, and the latest version of Google Home app updated on your smartphone (or tablet). Users also need to link their Google and Netflix accounts within the app for this integration to complete, and the voice commands to work seamlessly.
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After the setup process is complete, you can tell Google Home to "play the first episode from the first season of 'House of Cards' on Netflix", for example, and your TV should begin to play it automatically.
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Google Photos also now works with Google Home. You can now see your photos on a Chromecast-connected TV by just saying "Ok Google, show my photos of the Turkey trip", and all your photos will be displayed on the big screen. You can even search photos based on places, things, and even people.
To keep the festive spirit up, Google Home also allows you to track Santa Claus. Google is even giving away six months of free subscription of YouTube Red if you buy a Google Home before the end of this year.