Since late last night, users have been posting to Twitter and Reddit voicing complaints that their Google Homes and Chromecasts not working. If you're also receiving this specific error message, don't bother resetting the speaker like I did because it won't fix anything.
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It's not unusual for cloud services to go down at times due to software issues or data center problems, but it can be hard for users to get information when such an event occurs. In any case, it might be a little while before you can use your Chromecast or Google Home device again.
Google also independently confirmed with TechCrunch that the problem is real, but didn't offer any kind of explanation as to why.
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@madebygoogle so, I completely depend on my Google home/Chromecast for entertainment.
We can't say for sure how many devices aren't working, but it seems to be pretty widespread.
Google has apologised after a technical glitch left its internet-connected Google Home speakers unable to respond to queries. 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.
It wasn't only Slack that went AWOL yesterday (27 June), as Google Home smart speakers and Chromecast devices suffered a massive outage that went on for approximately 12 hours. Those who wanted to get the fix sooner could manually reboot their devices, said Google. "We're sorry that happened".