Google Home and Chromecast devices are suffering worldwide outage

Google Home and Chromecast are down, affecting users worldwide

Two-thirds of those reporting a problem with their device said that their Google Home was unresponsive, while the the remainder said that their smart speaker could not access the internet.

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

By 20:46 last night, Google confirmed the reports were a result of a glitch on its side, and that it was working on it.

Contacted for comment, a Google spokesperson said: "We're aware of an issue affecting some Google Home and Chromecast users".

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

The smart home is supposed to make a homeowner's life simpler, especially if they use a smart speaker.

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Not all of our Google Home devices were having these issues - one in Marietta, Georgia, was working fine - but many were.

With Google Home, there are a couple of ways you can force the update. The post does not specify the cause of the problem but at least we know it can be fixed. If you're also receiving this specific error message, don't bother resetting the speaker like I did because it won't fix anything. Normal service is disrupted for many users across the globe.

Hopefully, Google delivers a fix for these problems soon, as these issues obviously render Home and Chromecast hardware useless.

"We found a glitch with one of our backend systems and spent the day working hard to get everyone back up and running", the company said in the email.

Some owners are blaming a software update that Google apparently pushed out in the past 12 hours or so. The other way is to head into the Google Home app, tap the Devices button in the top right corner, and see a list of your Google Home devices.

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