For years now we have had casting of music, videos and podcasts but there has never been an easy way to transfer the stream from one device to another until now. Today Google have introduced Stream transfer to do precisely that for all cast devices.
Many of us have multiple cast devices within their home and the ability to transfer the stream from one room to another seamlessly is something many users have screamed out for. Stream transfer allows just that all with a simple command.
To transfer between two compatible cast devices you just need to tell your Assistant where to cast it to, no matter where it started:
“Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker.”
Google have also made it possible to move video from one compatible device to another — something that will become more valuable as more smart displays and Android TVs end up in houses around the world.
“Hey Google, play it on living room TV.”
The video and music/podcast can also be moved using the cast control button in the entertainment app you are using.
Not only can you move the media you are playing from one cast device to another but you can move it to a group of cast devices. If you create a speaker group (from within the Home app) you can transfer from a single speaker to the speaker group by just saying the name of the speaker group when asking Google Assistant to move it.
Stream transfer is compatible with all streaming audio apps and YouTube for video and will start rolling out to all Chromecasts and Google Home and Nest smart speakers and displays today. If you have multiple devices try it out and let us know what you think.