The ability to build speaker groups that play music in your home is one of the best features of Google’s Assistant ecosystem. Now Google is allowing Android TV apps to be connected to a speaker party.
Google has apparently made it possible for all Android TV apps to function in groups of speakers. Most of the users who got this job were on Nvidia Shield TV models and I was able to check that on my device too.
Pointed out by @AndroidTV_rumor on Twitter, an easy way to get in on this updated version is to join the Chromecast Built-in beta on the Play Store. Within a little while, that should push the updated version to your device.
How to connect Android TV apps to Google Home speaker groups
To connect Android TV apps to Google Home speaker groups, you will need to have both the Android TV device and the Google Home speaker(s) connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, you can use the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet to create speaker groups and add the Android TV device to the group.
Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
Tap on the “+” button in the top-right corner of the screen.
Select “Create speaker group.”
Select the speakers you want to include in the group and tap “Next.”
Name the group and tap “Create.”
Once the group is created, you can use the Google Assistant on your Android TV to play music, control playback and volume, and more on the speaker group.
Note that not all Android TV apps support Google Home speaker groups, you will have to check the app’s compatibility.
Android TV Multi-Speaker Apps
There are several apps available for Android TV that allow for multi-speaker functionality, such as Google Home, Sonos, and Spotify Connect. These apps allow you to group multiple speakers together and play audio on them simultaneously, creating a surround sound experience. Additionally, some TVs also have built-in Chromecast which allows you to cast audio from your mobile device to your TV speakers.