But again, unplugging and replugging the device seems to fix the problem, following Google's fix. Chromecast users noticed the problem in the early hours of Wednesday, reporting that the Chromecast icon disappeared from streaming apps.
Contacted for comment, a Google spokesperson said: "We're aware of an issue affecting some Google Home and Chromecast users".
The problem Chromecast users face is a pretty big one: they are unable to cast media.
The smart home is supposed to make a homeowner's life simpler, especially if they use a smart speaker. It hasn't revealed any more information about the cause of this outage and precisely how many users have been impacted by it. If they tried to reset the device, it would sometimes fail to reboot. Devices affected by the problem have lost their normal functions.
Users on the west coast of America began alerting Google to the outages on Tuesday evening Pacific time. The Google Home Help Forums are filled with similar complaints about the outage, also from users worldwide. The clobbbered gizmos can't respond to voice commands, can't control other stuff in your home, and so on. Those who wanted to get the fix sooner could manually reboot their devices, said Google. "We're investigating the issue and working on a solution".
Some owners are blaming a software update that Google apparently pushed out in the past 12 hours or so.