Google’s Home and Chromecast go down worldwide

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It's not clear what's caused the issue, but Google Home speakers were responding to commands by saying "there was a glitch, try again in a few seconds".

Today, users across the globe found that both Google Home smart speakers and Google Chromecast streamers weren't working properly.

Updated Google's entire Home infrastructure has suffered a serious outage, with millions of customers on Wednesday morning complaining that their smart devices have stopped working.

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For most of the day if you try to cast Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, etc to your Chromecast you will likely find an error, or it just won't see your Chromecast device in the list. I rebooted and reset.

This is a common problem that has affected several users around the world, including me.

But what's odd is that this bug isn't affecting everyone or every Google Home / Chromecast. Those who wanted to get the fix sooner could manually reboot their devices, said Google. We'll update this post when Google issues a fix.

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Google is acknowledging the issue, confirming the problems to TechCrunch, but isn't getting specific at this stage.

Google is looking into the matter and developing a fix.

We can't say for sure how many devices aren't working, but it seems to be pretty widespread. 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. In fact, it's not even the first time Google has had to contend with major downtime like this, with its Nest subsidiary suffering a three-hour outage back in May. Until then, it may be best to avoid using your Google smart devices, if you haven't already, so as to prevent any unnecessary headaches.

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