...sorry for the long post, I sometimes ramble :P
Curious if anyone else has and uses a Google Home for casting voice control.
Happy owner of a Vizio P65-C1 since 4/18/16. Since I got this TV I have loved the built in cast support and because of it, I prefer being able to browse content on my phone/tablet while something is playing instead of using a remote to click, click, click, navigating through menus. Having to do that now, just seems cumbersome LOL. Add in a Google Home with cast voice control and it is perfect. I know it sounds lazy but IMO, voice control is more of a convenience.
When I got Cast Firmware update 1.21.75378 on my monitor back around 12/22/16, this enabled the ability to cast through voice commands from my Google Home. It became the norm to say “Pause TV” when getting up to run to the kitchen, front door, or while away from a remote/cell phone. This is also added the benefit of saying Hey Google, RW/FF X minutes which is much easier than digging for my phone or tablet then dragging my finger on the screen :P When my TV got the panel firmware that provided Quick Start, the ability to turn on my tv by asking to play something on TV when it was off, became the norm. I can somewhat control volume through the Google Home but it is when I normally reach for the remote since it is sometimes faster. I think this is due to limitation through CEC control on my Denon X1100w.
Recently, I got curious what extra commands a ChromeCast Ultra would provide and since I have dropped cable for YouTube TV, I got a ChromeCast Ultra for the bedroom and after I got my free CC for signing with YTTV I decided to test out the CCU on my P65.
With the CCU, I have not yet done a good comparison of video quality but have seen reports that it does seem to provide a better picture than what the built in Vizio Smartcast does for some streaming content providers. Using a CCU has perfect volume control through Google services b/c it uses a cast volume level instead of the volume on my receiver (set it and forget it) But services like Netlix, Vudu, the cast volume level through voice control, doesn’t seem to have any effect. I would direct connect the CCU to my x1100w to see if this offers volume control through CEC but I would lose DV and HDR. I have a feeling this will be fixed in an update b/c it recently started lowering the volume of the cast through Netflix when I would say “Hey Google” so the Google Home can hear me more clearly, an option that can be disabled in GH settings. No more repeating request when the volume is high. :P The CCU also offers the nice feature of power control to turn the the monitor off, great for when I fall asleep watching TV
and they just added support for YTTV controls through GH and I love it. “Hey Google, watch the news on Living Room” brings up WGAL on my Vizio
So far I think I am going to stick with using the CCU on my P65-C1 for the added benefits of more voice control and cast version updates.