Tech & Science Google Home Can Now Show The Weather On Chromecast

15:39  08 february  2018
15:39  08 february  2018 Source:   ibtimes.com

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It’s been recently discovered that the Google Home smart speaker is now able to show visual information on TVs that have a connected Chromecast . This is the very first of the contextual visual responses that Google previously promised last year for its Home smart speaker.

First spotted by some eagle-eyed Reddit users (via Android Police), Google Home is now able to display weather information on your TV. My Vizio TV with Chromecast built-in refuses to show it, and the Nvidia Shield TV connected to it brings back an error.

a screenshot of a computer: Google Home users can now ask Assistant to show them the weather on their Chromecast-connected TVs.© Provided by IBT US Google Home users can now ask Assistant to show them the weather on their Chromecast-connected TVs. It’s been recently discovered that the Google Home smart speaker is now able to show visual information on TVs that have a connected Chromecast. This is the very first of the contextual visual responses that Google previously promised last year for its Home smart speaker.

When users want to hear information about the weather, all they have to do is say “OK Google what’s the weather?” and listen to Google Assistant’s response. With Google’s new contextual visual responses activated, users can now tell Google Home to show them weather information by asking “OK Google show me the weather on my TV” or simply “show me the weather,” according to Android Police.

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After first being announced at Google I/O last May, you can now ask Google Home to show you the weather on your TV via Chromecast . A visual forecast for the weather is only the beginning.

Google 's support page is now live and it explains that you can say " show me the weather " or specify a different location and/or time. In order for this to work, it requires a Chromecast 2nd gen or Ultra running Cast firmware 1.28 and above and a Google Home .

Google Assistant will show the weather information on the user’s TV as long as a Chromecast device is connected to the TV. Users must also make sure that their TV and Chromecast are both turned on in order for this new feature to work. If a user has more than one active Chromecast in their home, they should be more specific on where they want to see the weather information.

In Google’s updated support page, the company confirmed that this new feature won’t work if users have the first-generation Chromecast or Android TVs. 9To5Google also confirmed that this feature won’t work on TVs with built-in Chromecast or the Nvidia Shield TV.

Google also confirmed that Home users will be able to ask for the weather for specific days or locations. For example, users can say “OK Google show me the weather in London this weekend.” Users can also request Google Assistant to show weather information in Celsius instead of Fahrenheit.

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Asking your Google Home , "OK Google , show me the weather on my TV" will now bring up a weather report on your television — if you have the right gear. The command only works if you have a standalone Google Home unit and a connected second-gen Chromecast . Even then, YMMV.

However, you can now simply call out commands like “Hey Google , show me the weather on my TV” or “Ok Google , show me the weather ” But we are not able to confirm the same, so if your Google Home - Chromecast TV combo is showing this weather banner, let us know in the comments below.

Google appears to be slowly rolling out this new Home feature to all of its users. Users in the United States should have the feature right now. Redditors are saying that this feature isn’t available yet in all countries, so a lot of other Google Home owners will just have to wait for the new feature to be available in their region. Lastly, this new contextual visual response won’t work for Google Assistant on Android phones since it appears to be an exclusive feature for the Google Home smart speakers.

During I/O 2017, Google said that it plans to bring more contextual visual responses to its Home speakers. This includes showing calendar information and trending YouTube videos on Chromecast-connected TVs. Another feature that’s highly anticipated is the ability to ask Google Assistant to bring up Maps on the user’s smartphone when they are about to leave their home.

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