Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Google Home and Chromecast Hit by Major Outage

Screenshot of Downdetector's Google Home outage map Google Home and Chromecast are down, affecting users worldwide
Allan Lindsey | 30 June, 2018, 18:32

The Home devices are responding to queries by saying "there was a glitch" or "sorry, something went wrong".

Experiencing service issues with your Google Home series of devices or Chromecast dongles?

So, if someone lives in Mexico, then it is quite possible that he or she must have got annoyed by the fact that Google would not directly get a Google Home Device sold to you. Chromecast users noticed the problem in the early hours of Wednesday, reporting that the Chromecast icon disappeared from streaming apps.

The Twitter account of Google (@madebyGoogle) responded with fervent apologies to the innumerable complaints of the users worldwide but shed no light on the cause of the entire problem or when they could expect for this issue to be resolved. I even tried factory reset but Google home is replying with same command.

Did you enjoy your Slack outage this morning, perhaps with an extra helping of memes?

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"If you would like an immediate fix please follow the directions to reboot your device".

We asked Google about the source of the bug and any potential timeframe on a fix.

Google also independently confirmed with TechCrunch that the problem is real, but didn't offer any kind of explanation as to why. Our team is still investigating and working on a solution.

Smart speakers have become increasingly popular in the last three years, driven by the launch of Google Home and its rival the Amazon Echo, which is powered by Amazon's own virtual assistant Alexa. It's possible that the outages may stem from issues with the servers that host Google's cloud, but this is pure speculation at this point.

Update: Google has a fix ready, and has promised to automatically deploy it within six hours (as of roughly 6PM Eastern). So you may also need to restart your TV or Android TV device.

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