Google Home support comes to VIZIO SmartCast devices

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VIZIO announced in a press release that compatibility with Google Home is coming to many of its SmartCast devices.

These devices range from all sorts of technology — sound bars, wireless speakers, TVs and other products. And now, these products will be able to work with Google’s voice-activated speaker.

As per the norm, you’ll be able to activate Google Assistant through the voice-activated speaker by simply saying “OK, Google” and then direct it to play a certain type of media. But now, you’ll be able to direct that media to one of your VIZIO SmartCast devices.

As you might expect, if you have a sound bar, all you’ll be playing is audio. But, if you have a TV, you’ll be able to play a video as well, whether that be YouTube, Netflix and so on. One of the neat things about this is that when you ask Google Home to play something on your TV, it’ll play it even if your TV is off. It’ll actually turn your TV on for you.

All these features should be available to use now, just make sure all of the necessary software has been updated first.

We’ve got the press release below.

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — VIZIO, Inc. announced today that VIZIO SmartCast devices including TVs, displays, sound bars and speakers are now compatible with Google Home, Google’s new voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. With Chromecast built-in, VIZIO SmartCast devices allow Google Home users to use their voice to control their entertainment. Using simple voice commands, Google Home users can adjust volume up and down, play, stop and skip music tracks on any Google Home supported services. Google Home users can even power on their displays by asking to play entertainment on the big screen when the “Quick Start Power Mode” function is enabled on their VIZIO SmartCast TV/display1. The VIZIO SmartCast collection, spanning P-, M-, and E-Series TVs and displays, as well as a full range of home theater sound bars and standalone wireless speakers, is available at VIZIO.com and retailers nationwide.

The VIZIO SmartCast connected ecosystem allows for consumers to enjoy added convenience through Google Home voice control. To hear a song on their VIZIO SmartCast speaker or sound bar, users can just say, “Ok Google” followed by their song request from Google Play Music, Pandora, Spotify2 and more3. If the “Quick Start Power Mode” feature is enabled on their VIZIO SmartCast TV/display, Google Home users can tell their display to play a movie even when the display is off. The display will then power on and begin loading the requested content from apps like Netflix4 and YouTube.

“Controlling VIZIO SmartCast devices from Google Home is a significant milestone for consumers and their ability to manage their entertainment experience,” said Matt McRae, Chief Technology Officer, VIZIO.  “Using a simple voice command to stream a movie from Netflix to a VIZIO display or stream music from Spotify to a group of VIZIO speakers is an eye-opening experience and shows off the power of VIZIO SmartCast.”

Launched this past year, VIZIO SmartCast is the brand’s newest ecosystem of connected entertainment products, delivering a new way to discover and access content throughout the home. With Chromecast built-in, every VIZIO SmartCast display, sound bar and speaker makes it easy for consumers to easily stream from thousands of mobile apps they already know and love directly to their VIZIO SmartCast device. By simply tapping the Cast button from within their favorite apps like Netflix and YouTube, content is then streamed directly from the Internet to any VIZIO SmartCast device via the respective WiFi network.

Consumers can also utilize the VIZIO SmartCast app to transform their iOS or Android mobile devices into powerful touchscreen remotes to fully control their VIZIO SmartCast devices, as well as use text or voice search to seamlessly search and browse content across multiple apps at once. Once users find a title, they simply tap their desired streaming service like Hulu or Vudu to begin streaming content directly to their VIZIO SmartCast display. By casting content over WiFi directly to their VIZIO SmartCast device, users can then continue using their mobile devices for other activities without interrupting the stream to the big screen. 

For more information about VIZIO SmartCast visit VIZIO.com/smartcast.

1Using Quick Start Power Mode may increase your TV/display’s energy consumption. 
2 The compatibility of Spotify on VIZIO SmartCast speakers is for Spotify Premium subscribers only
3The third party applications and content described herein may only be available in certain countries and languages, may require additional fees or subscription charges, and may be subject to future updates, modifications, interruption and/or discontinuation of service without notice, and VIZIO has no control over such content.  Google account required to download apps from the Google Play store.
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About VIZIO
VIZIO’s mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 75 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading HDTV brand in America1 and is the #1 sound bar brand in America2. VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards, making the 2016 collection the most awarded in company history. The VIZIO SmartCast P-Series, M-Series and E-Series Home Theater Displays all received Reviewed.com Editor’s Choice awardsand are all listed as CNET’s “Best TVs of 20164.” The VIZIO M-Series SmartCast Home Theater Display was awarded Editor’s Choice from CNET with an 8.8 ratingand the VIZIO SmartCast 65″ E-Series Home Theater Display (E65u-D3) was awarded Reviewed.com’s “Best TV of the Year” award for 20166. Also, the VIZIO D-Series earned a 2016 Editor’s Choice award from PC Magazine7. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit www.VIZIO.com.


About the Author: Brad Ward

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  • Jack Smith

    The problem for the Echo and Dot is the foundation difference. Google built theirs based on inference and NOT commands. So with Google Home you just talk naturally and say what you want. Wife can say it one way and I a completely different way and get the same result.

    We have had the Echo since it was launched and now have several of the Google Homes. We keep the Echo in the kitchen and then Google Homes in our bedroom and then the kids have their in their bedrooms.
    My fav feature right now is the ability to stay warm under the covers and control the TV. Just started working last week without me adding a skill or anything.

    Actually wife discoverd when watching a movie and kid walked into our room. Not sure if she was joking as she now does in situation that Google Home is NOT available. So like sitting at a traffic light she will say “hey google change light green”. She said “hey google pause” and the movie paused. When kid left she said “hey google rewind” and it went back some set amount.

    The Echo is a great piece of technology but the Google Home is just different as it seems to have more of a brain inside.

    • Ordeith

      Another day of astroturfing your fabricated anecdotes and shilling for Google I see. How mand times have you posted this exact comment, word for word? Across several stories on several sites over several days, no less. Google must be desperate indeed.

      How do you find all of these related stories, anyway? Does Google give you a list of URLs for you to visit every morning?