Google takes audio casting to specialty speakers

Music lovers will be able cast their music from their mobile, tablet, or laptop directly to Cast-compatible speakers using Google Cast for audio.

Google has announced the launch of Google Cast for audio to allow users to play their tunes from their mobile or the web, directly to a compatible range of Google Cast-ready speakers.

Using the same technology behind the company's streaming media device Chromecast, Google Cast for audio will allow users to tap the cast button on their devices to control music and volume directly.

Users will be able to cast their tunes via Google Cast for Audio (Image: Screenshot/ Aimee Chanthadavong)

According to Tomer Shekel, Google Cast for audio product manager, Google Cast-ready speakers will come with Cast technology built in, and will pull content directly from the cloud to enable users to multitask on their phone, tablet, or laptop.

Cast Ready speakers will initially be made available in the US by Q2 from Denon, Sony, and LG, and will be supported by chip makers Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, and system integrator Libre Wireless.

More brands are expected to be added later this year, Shekel said.

Cast will work with apps including Deezer, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR One, Pandora, Rdio, and TuneIn.

Last month, Google upgraded Chromecast to enable Guest Mode to support users not on the same Wi-Fi network as the device being used to cast content to TVs. Shekel said Chromecast usage per device has increased by 60 percent since it was launched due to the introduction of new apps and features such as guest mode.

Google recently announced the availability of Android Studio, made enhancements to Android Wear, and updated Android Lollipop.