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Google Cast app is dead, long live Google Home

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Google has started to roll out an update for its Cast app that sees it rechristened as Google Home.

The application used to control the Chromecast dongles will soon gain extra responsibilities with the pending release of the Google Home speaker.

It seems the app (formerly dubbed Chromecast also) will be the means for Google Home buyers to set-up and command the speaker when it arrives in the US on November 4.

The Google Home speaker is built on the same core technologies as the Chromecast and even features the Cast tech built in.

Related: Google Home complete guide

With the name change comes a new logo and some slight UI changes, an Android Authority report has confirmed.

The What’s On, Devices and Get Apps tabs have been replaced by just two - Watch and Discover. The Search bar has also been replaced by a floating blue bubble in the bottom right of the display.

The update comes after Google began informing customers of a change via the app earlier this month.

Given Google is seeking a much larger role in our home tech experience, the change makes sense.

Upon launch Google said it hoped the $129 Amazon Echo rival will arrive in the UK in the future.

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TheHulksMothersCousin

October 25, 2016, 1:19 pm

I followed the link to the Google Home guide and all I got was a pre release basic explanation that kept pointing out Trusted Reviews didn't know a lot.

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