Skip to main content

Bose updates speakers and soundbars with Chromecast built-in

We’ve been pretty impressed with Bose’s collection of smart speakers and soundbars, especially their ability to connect seamlessly to Apple products via AirPlay 2. But because these products haven’t included Google’s Chromecast Wi-Fi audio streaming protocol, Android users have gotten the short end of the streaming stick. On February 8, that changed, thanks to a software update delivered by Bose through its Bose Music app that adds Chromecast built-in. The update is available to those who live in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.

Chromecast built-in update in the Bose Music app.The news that Bose products were slated to get this update initially came from Google in January 2022 as part of its virtual Better Together with Android and Beyond presentation at CES 2022, which included improvements to Google Fast Pair and other Android-specific advances. Bose was the only company Google mentioned by name, but it promised to also bring Chromecast built-in “to more brands.”

If you own a Bose Wi-Fi connected speaker, like the Bose Home Portable Speaker, the Bose Home Speaker 500, or one of Bose’s smart Soundbar series (300, 500, 700, and 900), and you mainly use them with the streaming services that Bose supports from the Bose Music app, you may not realize that Chromecast offers a lot more flexibility, especially for Android users.

Diagram showing Chromecast built-in on a Bose Smart Soundbar.

Chromecast lets you stream audio over Wi-Fi, losslessly, at up to 24-bit/96kHz (hi-res audio), which is considerably better than what you can do with Bluetooth. This is ideal when you want to listen to music from a streaming app on your phone that isn’t supported by the Bose Music app, like Tidal, or YouTube Music, and Plex. Here’s the full list of apps that support Chromecast built-in.

On an Android phone, this gives you very similar capabilities to Apple’s AirPlay 2 feature, so you can watch your favorite shows and movies on your phone or tablet (or in a Chrome browser tab on a computer) and hear the audio on the best speaker in your house.

You won’t need the Google Home app in order to stream to your Bose products using Chromecast built-in, but you will need it if you want to take advantage of Google Home’s multiroom speaker capabilities.

Editors' Recommendations

Simon Cohen
Contributing Editor, A/V
Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like spatial…
Polk Audio’s Signa S3 soundbar bundles Chromecast on a budget
Polk Audio Signa S3

There’s a new soundbar coming to Polk Audio’s Signa Series, and it’s bringing Google Chromecast with it.

Polk Audio announced the $249 Signa S3 soundbar, which features built-in Chromecast audio support for a streamlined listening experience. The new soundbar will be immediately available alongside the rest of the Signa lineup, the Signa Solo Sound Bar, and the Signa S2.
Built-in Chromecast at a budget price
Polk says Chromecast Audio support will make it possible to play content from a wide variety of streaming services, including: Google Play Music, Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Tidal, Roon, and Qobuz, among others. The soundbar will also work with Google Assistant, providing you already have a separate Google Home device to control it with, and will be able to be grouped with other Chromecast-enabled speakers for whole-home audio.

Read more
Sonos is suing Google for allegedly copying its tech — and Amazon could be next
Sonos Move close-up on logo.

This story is part of our continuing coverage of CES 2020, including tech and gadgets from the showroom floor.

CES is usually a time to get excited about all of the possibilities that new technology can bring to our lives, even if some of it is downright silly. But this year, as Google is prominently celebrating its various technologies amid the endless halls of exhibitors, a storm cloud is gathering, casting a legal shadow over its achievements. Sonos, the whole-home wireless audio company known for its superb line of small but powerful speakers, is suing Google and alleging that the tech giant stole its intellectual property, according to The New York Times.

Read more
This Cyber Monday deal will bag you a Chromecast and Google Home Mini for $35
google chromecast deal for walmart cyber monday 2019 3 ultra 2016 front

Cyber Monday is the best time of year to pick up great deals on electronics of all kinds. One gadget that may be missing from your home is a streaming device, which allows you to view tons of top online content from services like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Hulu on your TV. You could rectify that omission with some of the best deals on streaming devices for Cyber Monday -- including three terrific deals on Google Chromecast devices available now from Walmart.

We've also found a few Walmart Black Friday deals for those that want to be saving money on some of the best Chromecasts by leveraging Black Friday sales.

Read more