Google has now tweaked its Google Home smart speaker and its backend services with a very interesting change - full streaming support and integration of Google Play Music. Until now, Google Home has only supported its own segregated catalogue of on-demand music streaming, but from now onwards it will be seamlessly synced up with Google's dedicated music streaming portal.
The support update is rolling out to Google Home devices right now. It will support Google Play Music both at the paid subscription level, and the ad-supported free level - like Spotify - which still allows you to stream 50,000 uploaded or purchased MP3 tracks directly to the Google Home speaker itself.
Non-subscribers of Google Play music should note that the Google Home speaker will place priority on purchased and uploaded tracks when you say the "Play Music" prompt to the device. Paid-up All Access subscribers, however, will hear the speaker play music from Google’s on-demand library, but you are able to issue specific commands instead, for example; “Play [X] from my library” or “Play my [X] playlist.
There are some limitations on the capabilities of this integration at present, but it's early days and we're sure Google is only going to expand the features available to users going forward.
Also, if you want to know more about what Google Home can do, aside from streaming music, why you might want to get one, and where you can pick one up for a bargain, check out our dedicated articles below: