Google fixes global Home speaker and Chromecast outage

Screenshot of Downdetector's Google Home outage map

Screenshot of Downdetector's Google Home outage map

Now, it is not just Slack experiencing technical glitches!

Google Home and Chromecast devices are experiencing issues worldwide. Two-thirds of those reporting a problem with their device said that their Google Home was unresponsive, while the the remainder said that their smart speaker could not access the internet.

However, it is not clear whether these updates contributed to the issue. Despite an online health dashboard provided by the service provider, it can take time to be updated about the presence of such an issue. Without it, users can't beam content from their phones to their TV, or indeed start a stream playing on the Chromecast.

The Google support Twitter account is now fielding a heap of complaints from users around the world, as owners of the Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Chromecast suddenly found themselves unable to perform basic functions like casting or voice commands.

The news then spread like a wildfire throughout the globe, and it was revealed to be a global issue.

According to the report, Google has not indicated what caused the extended outage.

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Twitter is now swamped with outraged users hashtagging #Chromecast left, right and center.

Currently, there's no public interface showing problems for Google Home or Google Chromecast. In short, if you ask Google Home a question, Google will not be able to help you.

Now that Google Assistant on the Google Home line of smart speakers understands commands said in Spanish, it should know what "Google Home no funciona" means.

Verification with a Google Home Mini confirms the existence of the problem.

Google says that it's got a fix for the Google Home and Chromecast issue that'll roll out to devices over the next six hours.

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