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Google's stream transfer lets you move music and video between devices

[2019.10.08, Tue 17:05] It traditionally hasn't been easy moving music, videos, and podcasts among connected devices like smart TVs and speakers. Google's addressed the longstanding pain point with a new feature dubbed stream transfer. Starting today, Chromecast, Google Home, and Nest smart display owners can use Google Assistant, the Google Home app for iOS or Android smartphones, or the touchscreen on their Nest devices to control media playback from apps like YouTube, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more anywhere in their home. Assistant now recognizes commands like "Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker," which transfers a song playing on a device elsewhere to a speaker nearer said living room. Tapping the cast button from within the Google Home app surfaces all devices on the network to which media can be moved. As Variety notes, stream transfer was announced in 2018 but encountered delays because the first iteration lacked a visual interface for smart displays. Google tells the publication that it plans to bring the feature to third-party smart displays in the coming months, in addition to platforms like Android TV and Chromecast built-in.
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