Google is making it easier to transfer music and videos between compatible streaming devices with a new feature called Stream Transfer. It’s been in development since 2018 but was delayed in order to build a proper visual element for smart displays.
The new functionality is designed for consumers with multiple connected TVs, smart speakers and smart displays in their homes and works in a variety of scenarios. For example, they can start playing music on their Google Home Mini in the kitchen and keep the tunes coming by saying, “Hey Google, move the music to the living room speaker” at which time it’ll start playing on Google Home in that room.
Users can also start playing a YouTube video on Nest Hub Max and move it to a Chromecast-connected TV, using either the cast control on the Nest’s screen or by saying, “Hey Google, play it on the living room TV.”
Using the Google Home app, users can also set up groups of devices so instead of playing music or their favorite podcast on one device at a time, they can stream to multiple speakers at once to fill your whole home with audio.
Stream Transfer is rolling out now across Chromecast, Google Home and Nest displays and works with a variety of apps including YouTube Music, Pandora and Spotify. The feature will be coming to third-party devices in the near future.