Amazon Music app adds Chromecast support

The Blue Borne flaws had a more serious impact on Amazon's Echo than on Google's Home.               Image CNET

Amazon has quietly updated the Amazon Music app for Android to include Chromecast support, allowing Android users to shoot music from their device to a nearby Chromecast. However, Amazon seems to be raising the white flag by adding the Chromecast support into its Prime Music app. It was spotted first by TechHive and only appears to be available for the Android version of the app. This service also sets itself apart from the competition by having a lower monthly fee for Prime Members - $7.99 instead of $9.99 for non-members - so if you don't have any deep loyalty to your current service, it's a good deal. It can be accessed on a variety of devices, from mobile, to PC, to tablets and if you have any Alexa-voice enabled devices you can use them for hands-free control.

Among other updates, Google recently installed an update enabling users with Google Assistant to broadcast messages via Google Home, thus helping the latter double up as an intercom system within one's residence or office.

There's a cold war happening between Amazon and Google.

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Finding movies and TV shows to watch and music to listen to probably isn't your main objective for having the Google Home smart speaker, but it is probably one of the most used features. The US-based e-commerce giant stopped listing and selling Chromecast devices through its website and wasn't integrating Chromecast support in its music and video streaming apps. Despite devices from Google, Amazon and more providing access to third party... Maybe hell will freeze over when Google Home adds native support for Amazon Music as a music provider... or when the Echo lets you choose Play Music as a default provider.

Google Assistant is also intuitive enough to learn the behaviour of the device owner over time and improve its service.

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