You can now control a Chromecast with Google Assistant on your phone

Angelica Greene
October 14, 2017

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Google Assistant on your phone got a lot more useful with controls for Chromecast now live from your phone. But with 30 seconds of work and an Android phone, you can pretend like you've got Google's newest flagship, thanks to the release of the Pixel 2 default launcher.

We tested it on a Google Pixel ourselves and found that, while the AR Stickers and Motion Photos didn't work, Face Retouching and the exposure lock were functional. Just make sure you install it as a system application so that the Google Feed appears when you swipe left, otherwise the app won't have the permissions to make that work. We will try again later and update this piece. Just keep in mind that there's no real Google Now integration to speak of right now, so if that's a decisive factor for you, tough luck! The ability to say "Ok Google, play Android Central videos on my TV" or "Ok Google, play Spotify on my speakers" is still wickedly cool, but up until this point, you couldn't replicate the same action on your phone. For one, it means that there's less fragmentation between the Google Assistant across various platforms, which should lead to less confusion for users; you ought to be able to ask it to do all the same things on all your devices. Google is one step closer to achieving that now.

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