Chromecast is getting a free audio upgrade that'll make life so much simpler

Google is bringing improvements to Google TV and Android TV including a much simpler way to listen on Chromecast

Fast Pair on Chromecast with Google TV
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If you use headphones or earbuds with Google TV, an imminent update is going to make your life that little bit easier: as part of a range of Google TV and Android TV improvements announced at CES 2024, Google is bringing Fast Pair to Chromecast with Google TV "in the next month". It'll also be coming to more Google TV devices later this year.

Fast Pair for Chromecast has been around for quite a while. Fast Pair itself has been with us since 2018; the Chromecast version was first shown off at CES two years ago, and it came to Chromebooks in 2023. So it's been a long time coming to Chromecast systems. 

Still, better late than never. Provided your earbuds or headphones support Fast Pair it'll mean much faster and hassle-free pairing when you want to listen without annoying the neighbours. Instead of messing around with your Bluetooth settings you'll be able to start listening immediately.

Google wants to make your TV Matter 

Fast Pair isn't the only CES announcement from the big G. Google is also bringing casting capabilities to more devices, and as of this week you can now cast TikTok content from your phone to your Chromecast devices. That doesn't currently include live TikTok streaming but that's promised "soon". 

Google is bringing Chromecast to more devices, including the 2024 LG TV series, and it'll also be bringing Chromecast to LG Hospitality and Healthcare sets so you can cast to hotel or hospital TVs where available. Later this year we'll also see a new casting feature that'll enable you to move music, audiobooks or podcasts from Spotify or YouTube Music from a Pixel phone to a docked Pixel Tablet so you can seamlessly transfer your playlist from your phone when you arrive home.

Google is also bringing some new features to the wider Google TV and Android TV ecosystem: it's going to be enabling select Google TV and Android TV devices to work as hubs for Matter, the smart home ecosystem. However there's no firm timescale for that: Google just says that "in the future, LG TVs and select Google TV and other Android TV OS devices will act as hubs for Google Home."

Carrie Marshall

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written more than a dozen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote seven more books and a Radio 2 documentary series; her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, was shortlisted for the British Book Awards. When she’s not scribbling, Carrie is the singer in Glaswegian rock band Unquiet Mind (unquietmindmusic).