Amazon Echo users will be jealous of blockbuster update to Google Nest

Amazon Echo users will be jealous of blockbuster update to Google Nest

Amazon Echo and Google smart speakers have a very similar set of features – both of these devices are available as standalone smart speakers or with touchscreen displays, both can read out the latest news and weather updates, both can control any smart lighting in your home, both can adjust your thermostat, and both can stream videos from YouTube, both include step-by-step cooking guides, and if the latter is not your speed, both can order takeaways to your home with a simple voice command. However, there are a few features that set these two rival products apart.

And now, Google has added another feature that you won't find on your Amazon Echo.

From this week, Google Assistant-enabled Smart Displays, like Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max, will be able to stream shows and movies from Disney+. That means you'll be able to watch animated classics like Snow White, Academy Award-winning documentaries from National Geographic like Free Solo, or exclusive series, like The Mandalorian, from your kitchen counter, bedside table, or wherever you keep the smart display.

While Amazon Fire TV Stick – its streaming set-top box platform – has included access to Disney+ since the streaming service launched in the UK, its Echo Show range of smart displays aren't able to tune-in to the popular video on-demand app right now. If you're hooked on The Mandalorian ahead of the launch of season two… you're going to need a Google Nest Hub in your home to keep bingeing in every room.

If you have a Disney+ subscription, you can link your account to your Google Assistant-enabled gadgets inside the Google Home or Assistant app. After that, you'll be able to play movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more with a simple voice command.

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To get started, “Hey Google, play The Mandalorian on Disney+” to start streaming. You can also already cast Disney+ from your smartphone or tablet to your Google Nest Smart Displays and other Assistant-enabled devices by opening the Disney+ show or movie on within the mobile app and tapping the Cast icon. There is also a dedicated Android TV app for Disney+ too.

To celebrate the arrival of Disney+ on Google Home gadgets, popular case manufacturer OtterBox has created a custom base accessory that lets you give your Google Home and Nest Mini Mickey Mouse makeovers. Just clip your device into the base to showcase Mickey’s iconic ears in any room.

Written by David Minister

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