Unfortunately, when you put devices in the hands of the cloud, there may come a time where those devices become inoperable - as proven by yesterday's Google Home and Chromecast outage. The company's Made by Google Twitter account is now informing users that they don't have a timeframe for when the issue will be fixed, only that the team is working hard to resolve the matter. "We're investigating the issue and working on a solution". According to a thread on the r/GoogleHome subreddit, Google Home, Google Home Mini, and Chromecast devices were affected, and the issues seemed to extend worldwide, with problems reported in the U.S., Brazil, and Indonesia, as well as other countries.
In several cases, users first noticed the problem because the speakers had failed to play a wake-up alarm.
It has been some time since Google Home went down.
Today, users across the globe found that both Google Home smart speakers and Google Chromecast streamers weren't working properly. Another Twitter user suggested that a recent privacy update caused the issue.
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Google identified a problem with the devices yesterday and tweeted an apology.
Can't see your device in the Google Home app?
The malfunction comes a day after the Home speakers began handling Spanish-language queries. I even tried factory reset but Google home is replying with same command.
Some owners are blaming a software update that Google apparently pushed out in the past 12 hours or so. "We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future".
Hopefully, Google delivers a fix for these problems soon, as these issues obviously render Home and Chromecast hardware useless.