Spotify Users Gain New Commands For Google Home
Like high-end headphones, smart speakers are catching on with millions in the U.S., especially music lovers. Now, Google Home, Google's voice-activated speaker, is steadily improving its integration with popular music services, most recently Spotify.
Launching in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, France and Germany, Google Home users can add Spotify Free to their device and explore new music immediately with a simple voice command, "OK Google, play today's top hits."
Smart speakers support new lifestyles and as they integrate and connect with other platforms online, the majority of experienced users wouldn't want to do without theirs. A recent NPR and Edison Research study found only 7 percent of Americans presently own smart speakers but 42 percent of those now find the speakers "essential" and 70 percent now spend more of their day listening to audio.
This is a lifestyle that is catching on, so it is great that music commands for Google Home are expanding the ability of online music listeners to delve into their favorite services.
While this much change might seem unsettling to the unexperienced, it is calming to consider some patterns remain the same. Billboard has tallied the lyrics that are most searched for on Google Home in the past year. "Despacito" sits on top and Childish Gambino's "Redbone" made the cut because Donald Glover of "Atlanta" fame is everywhere.