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android tv not recognized for speaker group

keesfluitman
Community Member

i want to use my tv in my speaker group so i can use my amplifier. my chromecast ultra is recognized in my bedroom, but it wont let me add my tv. i have a philips oled. 

 

any ideas?

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tsoltan
Community Member

Same issue with Sony Bravia

Seen similar articles from today in several german news articles. So they need to come up with a workaround for the speaker group volume for TVs ... I don't get why google hasn't made a statement for us consumers yet. We are probably only a minority using that feature maybe

Grainmetall
Community Member

That recent blog article might bring a fix for us soon:

https://www.googlenestcommunity.com/t5/Blog/Upcoming-Speaker-Group-changes/ba-p/77811

Not sure how this link suggests it's going to fix our issue around speaker groups for televisions honestly. It just seems to refer to pure speakers rather than the android TVs with Chromecast.

JamesM
Community Member

I have the new T-Mobile hub dongle which is running android TV 11 and this have the same problem trying to add to a speaker group. No issues adding a standard Chromecast ultra or regular Chromecast. I mentioned as if you think getting a separate Chromecast with Google TV will help you, it may not. The T-Mobile hub may be a slightly different version of android OS, but it’s basically the same thing. 

As a user with a TCL 6 Series with Chrome OS built in and at its current version- I can still confirm that speaker groups cannot be used as an audio output. I’ve reverted to using my Apply TV 4K with my sounder/subwoofer and two mini HomePods (set up as a speaker set) and I’m getting full Dolby Atmos 5.1 with this setup on Apple TV. My Google OS is now completely useless to me since it doesn’t support Dolby Atmos using any of their speaker groups.

Superflex88
Community Member

Adding my voice here as also annoyed by this issue. Please respond google! 

Bomberman
Community Member

Seems like Google will remove some features after this lawsuit... Couple of days ago, the twist between Sonos and Google regarding the speaker group options. 

 

https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/6/22871304/google-home-speaker-group-volume-control-changes-sonos-pa...

 

Bhavik
Community Member

Same issue. My Sony Bravia A80J, which is a Google TV with built in Chromecast Ultra is not recognized as a valid device when I'm creating a speaker group.

Pader07
Community Member

I have the same problem and hope that I can add my TV to the group soon. Please update this thread when there is a solution

U4EA
Community Member

Just another with the same issue hoping for a solution.  Currently using the work around by connecting a Google TV Chromecast dongle to a Sony Bravia to connect the tv to a speaker group (oringal Chromecast doesn't support this). 

Bomberman
Community Member

I have also a Sony Bravia. Same issue. Which Chromecast version are you using? 

U4EA
Community Member

I'm using Chromecast built-in version 1.56.276477

Bomberman
Community Member

Thanks! But I'm referring to which Google TV Chromecast dongle are you using? Generation 4? 

 

 

Bomberman
Community Member

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Built in Google TV version 11, No dongle, it’s built into my TCL TV.

Darble
Community Member

Another super annoyed Sony Bravia TV user here. Brand spanking new *GOOGLE* TV won't connect to my *GOOGLE* Home speaker group. Need I say more? 

Rahma3
Community Member

@GarrettDS any further update on this? Almost all the android tv/Google TV users are frustrated with this. No help from Google?

niced
Community Member

I'm having the same issue with a brand new 55OLED936 Philips tv.

We don't understand why built-in Chromecast isn't supported right now.

Please add speaker group support asap. 

Yes just got my Philips oled 806 and shocked that i can't add it to a speaker group. Waiting for my Sony HT A7000 sound bar and really hope that that can be added to my Google home speaker groups

Maximilian
Community Member

Same issue here with a philips android tv 

Totally unacceptable an android TV not working with Google.. What a joke 

Woolf1975
Community Member

Sharp Aquos ,officially supported Android TV same problem

bona77
Community Member

Same problem for Sony XBR-75X955G . One of the main reasons I bought a TV with chromecast was precisely to create speakers group. So far it seems that google does not provide us with a reasonable technical justification for this.

Rottmc2
Community Member

Any news regarding this issue? 

Wabo84
Community Member

Hello Sony, we are waiting for a while now, do you have an ETA to support speakers groups? Bravia XR with integrated ChromeCast…. Thanks

Ddawg
Community Member

Please give us speaker group capabilities!

gareginordyan
Community Member

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For the problem above, this is clearly a bug and not a feature.  It shouldn’t show up if it’s not available or supported.  For the speaker group issue, like everyone is asking here, please add support.  We all spent over $1,000 on a TV for this reason. 

Long: I’m having two related problems with my Sony Bravia X90J.  

1 - unable to add it to my speaker group.

2 - shows up in the media section, but errors out when I try to select it along with other speakers and the true chromecast TV. 

Please log a bug with your Eng team. 

JesterJaveline
Community Member

So from what I've discovered from tinkering with my chromecast built in devices is that the stock app for it without updates will show the tv in the speaker group but as soon as I try to play something the tv updates the app and it disappears. Its some sort of coding issue with the chromecast built in app. I'm no expert, but I love to tinker and that's what I've found out. I hope this helps someone in google fix the issue as this is a Google official app distributed to tv manufacturers. 

Rdstov
Community Member

Please fix this. I cannot fathom why this cannot be done. This feature was THE selling point for my new TCL 6 series. I have 4 google home speakers in the same room and cannot simply add the tv to the speaker group to enjoy music videos using YouTube music

G00GLESUX
Community Member

Sony Bravia user here. Same issue. FIX THIS GOOGLE. 

JesterJaveline
Community Member

Also, via more recent tinkering I have confirmed that I can use a nest hub to set the default audio and default tv to my android tv and all music and videos automatically play on the tv when asked. So now I have use of my surround sound. 

Can you please elaborate? I can’t figure out what you did. I have a beast hub max and don’t see what you are referring to other than changing the default speaker, not create a speaker group using the nest hub max.

Okay, so basically you go into the Google Home app for your phone and you click the device and click settings for that device. It should show default tv and default speaker. Set them to desired tv and bam, Jester's your uncle.

Also after you set the defaults you can add the hub to a speaker group. The hub itself won't play whatever you cast, it will go to the tv.

This is not the problem. Read carefully, we can't add TV to speaker group. I don't want to setup my nest to play through TV, I wanna my Android TV play in the same group as my nest. 

I get that, that's what I want also. But at the same time I don't wanna be wasting the ability to at least use my surround sound system while I'm stuck waiting for compatibility. I'm sure a lot of people here are of the same mind

gareginordyan
Community Member

I’ve literally been DMing Product Managers working on Chromecast and Google TV on LinkedIn to get this prioritized.  I think we all have to do that in order to get their attention.

gareginordyan
Community Member

Not to go on a tangent, but what worries me is that that’s not the only functionality that differs from Chromecast Ultra. 

For example, my Bravia X90J is hooked up to a speaker system through the optical out.  With regular Chromecast Ultra, I could control the volume level using Google Home, but with GoogleTV I can’t.  This tells me that these are really two different systems but marketed to be the same.  Chromecast Built In, isn’t really the same as Chromecast, they just have some similar functionality.  This, in my humble opinion, is an engineering failure.  Having multiple workstreams working through two different APIs for Chromecast is a terrible idea, and I can’t believe Google went for that. 

Your Chromecast Ultra can be added to a speaker group? Visible to add? Thanks!