Today’s tech news: SirusXM integration for Google assistant


SirusXM is best known as a broadcast provider for satellite radios in cars, but the company expanded its business to smartphones long ago and recently bought the streaming platform Pandora. Now SiriusXM has teamed up with Google to bring its lineup of radio stations to the Assistant across all of Google’s devices. This should drastically expand the number of radio stations available on the company’s smart home speakers.

Since SiriusXM receives a native integration with the Assistant, you can simply tell the latter to play whichever radio station you’d like to listen to. It’ll also automatically find your local NPR station, so it suffices if you say “Hey Google, play NPR.”

Along with radio stations, SiriusXM subscribers will also have access to curated video content on the Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max later this year. If you buy a Nest speaker or display then, you’ll be eligible for a 3-month free trial of the service.

The SiriusXM integration is rolling out in the US and Canada for English-speaking people starting next week and will be available in Canadian French “soon.” You can check if the service is live for you by heading to the Assistant settings tab Services and seeing whether SiriusXM is available under Radio.