Google Voice Assistant Coming to BluOS Products

September 12 2019, 00:20
Lenbrook International announced that its BluOS Hi-Res Distributed Audio platform, will support Google Voice Assistant through Actions On Google. BluOS already supports Amazon Alexa voice control and Apple Siri with AirPlay 2 compatible products. Users of BluOS Enabled products from Bluesound, NAD Electronics, and DALI Speakers, will be prompted to update their players on or around October 8, 2019, to add hands-free control of their music from any Google Home device.

BluOS is a premium multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for high-resolution audio streams up to 24-bit/192kHz. Made up of an operating system and a control application for smartphones, tablets, and PC desktops, BluOS was adopted by renowned hifi audio brands and integrated with numerous smart home and voice control systems, allowing for interoperability among enabled devices across brands. Integrations with popular streaming music services like Tidal, Spotify, and Deezer, as well as featuring support for FLAC, WAV, MQA, and other high resolution formats and codecs, BluOS offers virtually unlimited access to music of all genres for any occasion.

Google Voice Assistant represents the second platform-wide voice control integration for BluOS in a broader voice control strategy that seeks to offer users a choice in which voice assistant they use. This strategy includes the creation of BluVoice, the voice-control interface that acts as the intermediary between BluOS and a compatible voice assistant. For example, BluOS users can ask their Google Home device to deliver music playback commands to their BluOS Enabled device via BluVoice with phrases like, “OK Google, tell BluVoice to play louder,” or “OK Google, tell BluVoice to play Preset 2 in the kitchen”.

“We have always maintained that we want to remain platform agnostic in providing music playback and control options for our customers,” says Andrew Haines, BluOS Product Manager. “The addition of Google Voice as the second platform-wide voice control integration after Amazon’s Alexa, and third such integration if you take into consideration Apple’s Siri for BluOS users with AirPlay 2 enabled products, opens up a world of possibilities for our users to customize their home environment easily and conveniently.”

Google Voice Assistant in BluOS responds to a raft of commands through any network-connected Google Home device, including play/pause, next/back, shuffle on/off and managing the play queue for most user libraries and music services. A full list of commands will be published in support documentation on the BluOS website. 

Google Voice Assistant will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo September 12-14, in the Lenbrook Booth 2520, Hall F at the Colorado Convention Center. |
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