When it comes to using the TV, most of us still have to contend with the fact that the remote is going to go walkabout at times. Voice commands are a thing, but very few services are actually compatible with remote-free voice-operated devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home. But the availability is limited. The good news for us is that All 4 is now compatible with Google Home.
The Channel 4 streaming service is the second one to integrate itself with Google's smart speaker, after Netflix. That means if you have a Google Home and a Chromecast (or a Chromecast-enabled TV) you can get by without having to hunt for the remote. Simply ask Google to do things for you, like the lazy 21st century human that you are.
The slightly bad news is that you can't simply turn on your TV and ask Google's AI to play the latest episode of 8 Out of 10 Cats, you have to link up the services first. Thankfully Google does have a tutorial for you, and it can all be done inside the Google Home app. The short version is that you go into the Google Home app, find the video service in question, and press a button to link everything. It's not particularly difficult.
Google also has a list of commands you can use, including basics like pause, play, rewind, and so on, along with fancier space-agey things that involve asking the AI to play a specific programme. But it can't differentiate between episodes, so don't bother trying. Or do try, but don't get annoyed when it can't do what you want.
So now you can go ahead and enjoy Google-powered voice controls on two streaming services, even though the Americans have 10 at their disposal. You'd think Google would be trying to sort out a deal with ITV or the BBC, especially with the World Cup being on, but we'll take what we can get for now. [Android Police]