There have been reports of outages with Google Home and Google Home Mini - speakers that respond to voice commands - and Chromecast - a device that plugs into a television. The Chromecast icon is missing from specific apps, and users are also unable to cast from the Google Home app. It means that Google Home was down since 6:05 am EDT today, and some users are reporting that their devices started working again late this afternoon. In Spain, The Home and Home Mini got launched last week, with Spanish support already available right from the beginning.
If you're like me, using your Google Home is something that's become part of your daily routine, whether you use it for controlling smart home gadgets or checking on the commute to work.
"We are really sorry for the inconvenience and are taking steps to prevent this issue from happening in the future", Google said in statement.
The outage first hit the United States west coast, but seems to have affected people globally, with reports from the UK, Spain, Ireland, India, and more all streaming in on social media.
This is a common problem that has affected several users around the world, including me.
Google's internet-connected speakers are apologising for being somewhat less "smart" than normal.
Google is looking into the matter and developing a fix. "We're investigating the issue and working on a solution". 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, 2:27 p.m. PT: Google now says some users are back online, and that it's working on a broader fix. It should download automatically to your device, but if not then you need to reset.