Google Assistant Will Answer Questions With YouTube Videos on Google and Android TV
Google Assistant will play a YouTube video on Google TVs to answer questions instead of just recommending content options. The new feature takes advantage of the larger screen and the voice assistant’s access to Google’s library of products to reduce the steps between asking a question and finding a video to play. The new feature is one of a collection of Google Nest and TV updates shared on a forum.
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A screen with suggested content had been Google Assistant’s response to queries on smart TVs until now, the same as on other voice-enabled devices with a screen. Now, a question about the stock market will prompt a news organization’s YouTube video on the subject to play, skipping the extra step of picking from a curated selection. The roundup explaining the new feature said the new feature will be available on Chromecast with Google TV, though there weren’t any details about third-party app integration or live YouTube TV channels. on Google TV or even news channels live on YouTube TV.
YouTube wasn’t the only TV connection Google deepened in the update. The Google Home app can now find and enter passwords from a smartphone keyboard directly into the TV. Users can also download Google Play apps with their smartphones to their TV. Those apps now include TikTok, albeit several months after Amazon Fire TV added the video social media platform.
“Your Google Nest devices keep getting better, with more personalization, entertainment, and shortcuts. Enjoy more shows and content on Chromecast with Google TV, updated controls in the Google Home app, and a birthday countdown on Nest Hub. All the little upgrades add up to more help and more fun,” Google explained in the roundup. “Asking questions on Chromecast with Google TV gets more interesting, with news and YouTube videos part of the results.”