No matter if your default video device is an Android TV box or a Chromecast, you can say "Play Star Trek on CBS All Access" or "Play Android Police on YouTube" to a Google Home speaker, and the content will start playing on the streaming device. However, this functionality has been broken for many Android TV users for nearly a month, and Google hasn't stated when a fix will be available.
The problem started when a security vulnerability was discovered in Google Photos, where select Android TV-based televisions started adding other Google accounts as linked Google Photos users. Google implemented a temporary fix by removing the ability for Google Assistant to cast content (including photos) to Android TV.
@NVIDIASHIELD I used to use my Google Home with my shield to play Spotify or YouTube. It no longer seems to connect to it. I am able to turn it on and off but just not let them play apps as I used to previously. Please can you advise?? I also sent you a DM. Thank you
— Vik Babber (@17Viks) April 1, 2019
@madebygoogle Google home mini hasn't been working with Nvidia shield since January. It worked perfectly before. When will this be fixed?
— Cory Rosenberg (@rosenberg_photo) March 31, 2019
@Google Having trouble with Google Assistant and Nvidia Shield. Several factory resets, yet every time I ask to play something from the remote or Google Home, I get "Sorry, something went wrong." Is there a bug / fix coming, or just me?
— Craig McIntyre (@CMcIntyre90) March 20, 2019
It's important to note that casting from a smartphone, tablet, or computer still works — only voice commands like "Play Android Police on YouTube" from external smart speakers are non-functional. Google said on Twitter that it is "working on a fix," but no ETA is available:
Got it. Our team is already aware of this and working on a fix — we'll be sure to keep you posted once we have an update.
— Made by Google (@madebygoogle) April 1, 2019
Google was right to immediately disable the feature causing a security vulnerability, but it's annoying to see the feature still broken after nearly a month. Hopefully, it will be resolved soon.
We've received a few tips from readers (thanks Lizard and Christian!) that Casting from a Google Home is working again.
Last we checked in with you, it sure appeared that Google was well on its way to setting things right, and users were already reporting that they'd seen functionality restored. Now Google's finally confirming the news:
We appreciate the patience of our user community as we continue to investigate the bug. We have re-enabled the ability to remotely cast via the Google Assistant and view photos from Google Photos for unaffected Android TV devices. To protect user privacy until a permanent resolution is identified, these abilities as well as additional voice functionalities will remain disabled for impacted Android TV devices.
So while not everything's fully operational again, progress is very much underway.