Google Home speakers complain of 'glitch'

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One thing's clear: this is bound to be frustrating if you rely heavily on Google's ecosystem to power your smart home. A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that there's an issue affecting "some" of its customers of these platforms, and it's now investigating the issue and working on a solution. Many users report that they can't stream anything on their Chromecast, nor cast content to devices that support Chromecast. We will update this post when Google finds a solution to the problems affecting Google Homes and Chromecasts.

Smart speakers have become increasingly popular in the last three years, driven by the launch of Google Home and its rival the Amazon Echo, which is powered by Amazon's own virtual assistant Alexa. Google has confirmed that Google Home and Chromecast are down for "some" of its users and that it's investigating the issue. That would make today's experience the longest down time for Google Home users this year.

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Google Home and Chromecast owners started reporting issues to Google early Wednesday morning, according to online help forums for both devices. It hasn't revealed any more information about the cause of this outage and precisely how many users have been impacted by it. It wasn't just the Google Home that was affected either, with the Home Mini and Home Max also seeing downtime. If using a Google Home, "Hey, Google" commands were being followed by messages that the Home device is not yet set up, that a problem has been encountered, or a glitch occurred.

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This has been going on for about an hour now and there is no estimated time for a fix from Google as of yet.

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