Earlier Google has announced the Google cast an extension of Chromecast for music. Essentially, this was Google’s way of bringing their Cast platform to WiFi-enabled speakers, giving users the option to control the music from their devices, but instead of streaming it from their smartphones the music would come directly from the Internet. The idea being that without having to use Bluetooth, a better quality of sound could be had as a result. LG were one of the first to jump onboard with their Music Flow lineup of speakers, and they’re finally becoming available here in the U.S.
Google Cast is the same technology that powers the popular Chromecast HDMI dongle which already has a solid selection of supported apps, including Pandora, Songza, Google Play Music, Rdio TuneIn Radio, NPR One, and iHeartRadio. (Notably absent from the list is Spotify, though LG’s own companion app supports this service and others, such as Deezer and Amazon Cloud Player.)
New LG’s speakers also bring with them their own LG-exclusive features, like Home Cinema Mode and Auto Music Play. LG’s Advanced Wireless Network also lets these speakers connect to one another in a daisy chain setup. And yes, when all else fails, users can fall back to Bluetooth to stream their music over.
Google Cast will be available in LG Music Flow models including HS9, HS7, HS6, H7, H5, H3 starting in April and in H4 Portable by the end of May. Current owners of LG Music Flow speakers and sound bars will be able to upgrade their products over-the-air with Google Cast once the service is introduced in local markets.