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Does Google Home Mini Speaker Have Bluetooth Yet?




The Google Home Mini smart speaker, like its predecessor, the Google Home speaker, indeed does offer the ability to act as a Bluetooth speaker. You can connect your iPad, iPod, or other Bluetooth audio source to the Google Home Mini speaker, and then play music on your device, and have the audio come out of the Mini.

However, there still appears to be no way to pair an external Bluetooth speaker to the Google Home speaker, as of yet. So far, we find no mention of transmitting Google Home Mini audio streams to a Bluetooth speaker.  Nor do there appear to be any settings for it, in the Google Home app.

Currently Google offers Chromecast on their speakers (Home, Mini, and Max), that allows you to stream audio and video content from the various audio services to your Chromecast-enabled televisions, speakers, and other media player devices, much as you’d do if your were streaming your media to a plane-Jane Bluetooth speaker. Perhaps they figured that Chromecast would be a decent replacement for generic Bluetooth capability. However, you can’t cast content via Chromecast to a speaker that does not support Chromecast. So, you’ll be unable to play content from Google supported media services to these simpler Bluetooth speakers.

So, we’re hoping that in addition to Chromecast, Google will also provide the more generic Bluetooth function (“casting” to a speaker via Bluetooth) in future firmware and / or hardware releases of this speaker. We’ll keep watching for this functionality, and will document it here once Google releases the necessary updates to the Google Home app and device firmware and / or hardware in the smart speaker itself.

 

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  • 2017-11-18: Originally published.