Another day, another Google feature removed from a service. This time it’s Guest mode to stream to a Google Home or Nest smart speaker that has been left on the cutting room floor. For those who don’t know, guest mode was a feature that allowed users to stream to Cast-enabled devices without being on the same Wi-Fi network. It was intended for guests who were not given credentials. Wi-Fi and operated by means of a four-digit PIN code that would be used to connect directly to the speaker – hence the name.
It’s unclear exactly when the feature was removed, but it was first spotted by Android Police. The feature remains on Chromecast devices, but has been removed from Google Home and Nest Mini devices, even support pages being pulled from the web.
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Removing guest mode for Google’s smart speaker line will certainly be an unpopular move among frequent users of the feature, but perhaps the numbers behind it don’t justify the resources it consumes. Most of the people who would stream music to a speaker would generally be on the same Wi-Fi network, and Google may have decided to prioritize this more common use case in the future.
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