Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Google Home and Chromecast Hit by Major Outage

Google Home and Chromecast are down, affecting users worldwide No, you're not the only one having issues with your Google Home
Kayla Schwartz | 28 June, 2018, 18:43

So if you are having issues with your Google Home, Home Mini, Home Max, or Chromecast devices, you are not alone.

Earlier today, users (including some of us at CNET) were no longer seeing the option to cast video or audio to our Google Chromecasts, even though a Roku Premiere+ on the same Wi-Fi network did show the option. Google, however, refused to confirm the cause of the outage and whether or not it was associated with a broken software patch.

Update, 9.40am AEST: A Google spokesperson contacted iTWire with the following message: "We've identified a fix for the issue impacting Google Home and Chromecast users and it will be automatically rolled out over the next six hours".

Google Chromecast and Home devices suffered extended downtime on 27 June 2018, The Guardian reported.

The Home devices are responding to queries by saying "there was a glitch" or "sorry, something went wrong".

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Those complaining to the Made By Google account on Twitter have been advised to reboot their smart speaker and their WiFi router. In the meantime everyone is just going to have to shelve their voice-controlled Google assistants - and find out the time by looking at their watch, or check their calendar on their phone or laptop, or turn up the thermostat using the ancient but reliable technology known as fingers.

Now that Google Assistant on the Google Home line of smart speakers understands commands said in Spanish, it should know what "Google Home no funciona" means.

We can't say for sure how many devices aren't working, but it seems to be pretty widespread.

You should really push this info to people's Google Home apps.

By 20:46 last night, Google confirmed the reports were a result of a glitch on its side, and that it was working on it.

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