Google has a habit of teasing many things and then sometimes forgetting about them as time passes. At the I/O developer conference last year, it showed off what would practically become the precursor to the new breed of Assistant-powered smart displays unveiled last CES. It teased how asking Google Home would, at times, pop up the answer on a Chromecast-connected TV. That feature has finally arrived and now you can enjoy actually seeing the weather rather than waiting for Google Assistant to finish rattling off other information.
Google Assistant, and by extension the Google Home speakers, are primarily an audio and oral affair. But, as they say, a picture can paint a thousand words, or even just a few dozen. While trivia, music, and brief search results are OK to be heard, there are just some that are better understood when seen.
Those include things like the weather, maps, and, of course, videos. Now you can see those if you ask Google Assistant, nicely or otherwise. Of course, it needs a bit of setup. The Chromecast should already be connected to a TV and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the Google Home. The TV should be ready to wake up when Google Home gives the signal.
At the moment, the setup seems to be a bit messy. It doesn’t work on all Chromecasts or Cast-enabled devices. It has been confirmed to work on 2nd gen Chromecasts but not the first batches. It also doesn’t seem to work yet with Smart TVs or even the NVIDIA SHIELD. Those details might come soon. At least as soon as Google acknowledges the existence and rollout of the feature.