Chromecast with Google TV to Become Google Home Hub Soon

Chromecast with Google TV to Become Google Home Hub Soon

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The smart home ecosystem is getting more support as Google announced that “Home Runtime” will allow more TVs, including Chromecast with Google TV, to function as hubs for Matter devices within Google Home.

Today, Google made two significant announcements about the smart home. The first is Home APIs, a new set of tools that will enable apps to leverage your Google Home setup and offer new functionalities, such as ADT’s upcoming “Trusted Neighbor” feature.

The second feature is “Home Runtime,” which will allow devices to act as hubs for Google Home.

Google states that Home Runtime will enable a device to help expand the control of your smart home.

Chromecast with Google TV to Become Google Home Hub Soon

This will be achieved by enabling remote access through APIs and adding a point where Matter devices can be controlled locally with low latency.

This function is similar to the current use of Nest devices as Matter hubs but will work with apps utilizing Home APIs.

Among the devices that will be supported as hubs are TVs. Google says that “select” Google TVs running Android 14 or higher will support being a hub.

This includes TV sets (such as those sold by TCL, Sony, and others) as well as Chromecast with Google TV.

Google states this will happen “later this year,” implying that Chromecast may receive Android 14 in the coming months.

Some LG TVs will also support Home Runtime. Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to allow users to control their smart home through Google TV (outside of using the Assistant), but it could make the TV a more integral part of the home.

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