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Vizio devices now take voice commands from Google Home

You can start watching a movie without lifting a finger.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
01.18.17 in AV
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Vizio's living room devices already play nicely with Google services, but wouldn't it be nice if you could use Google voice control as well? You can now. All of Vizio's SmartCast-equipped devices, including recent TVs, soundbars and speakers, just got support for Google Home. If you want to watch a movie on Netflix, you don't even have to wake your TV -- say the right words to Google's smart speaker and it'll start playing on your set. You can also pause, skip songs and tweak the volume without touching a button.

It's a relatively simple addition, but in some ways it's a big feature upgrade. If you're willing to buy Google Home, you're not dependent on busting out a phone or tablet to get the most out of Vizio's ecosystem. And while other TVs certainly have voice commands, Vizio's approach doesn't require that you grab a remote to start talking.

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