Chromecast Built-In & Bluetooth Audio
Built-In Google Digital Assistant
Polk Assist: The Polk Assist is a hands-free voice-activated speaker
with Google Assistant, Chromecast built-in, and built-in Bluetooth audio
streaming. Merging Polk Audio's signature sound and Google's voice assistant
technology, the Polk Assist brings together great sound with a powerful digital voice assistant. The Assist also features
high-definition music streaming with Chromecast built-In, providing endless
entertainment from the most popular music and entertainment apps - all through
simple voice-commands. In addition, the Assist supports Bluetooth audio
Wireless Network Connection: To enjoy Chromecast Built-In &
Google Assistant, you will need to connect the Polk Assist to your wireless home
network. The Polk Assist is equipped with dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) WiFi
(802.11 b/g/n/ac) for a high-performance wireless network connection.
Easy Setup with the Google Home App: Use the Google Home App
Apple iOS 9.1+ and
Android OS 4.1+) to connect the Polk Assist to your home's wireless WiFi
network, as well as setup the Google Assistant & Chromecast Built-in from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. You also get to
configure compatible apps within the Google Home App, plus adjust other various
Two-Way Driver Design: The Polk Assist voice-activated wireless audio
speaker utilizes a two-way driver design featuring a 1" dome tweeter and a 3.5"
cone mid-woofer powered by a built-in amplifier for room-filling Polk Audio
AC Power Adapter: The included AC power adapter with
attached 8' DC cord plugs into the bottom of the Polk Assist and an AC power
outlet or surge protector (sold separately).
Note: The Polk Assist is not battery powered.
Automatic OTA Updates: All new firmware & software updates will happen
over-the-air (OTA) automatically. The Assist must to be connected to your WiFi network with at least 30% battery and plugged into the charger to automatically
update new firmware & software.
Chromecast Built-In & Bluetooth Audio
Chromecast Built-In: With
built-in, you can
instantly stream select online music, radio, and podcast services from
your Apple iOS or Android device to the Polk Assist speaker. If you're on your
laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the
Chrome browser. Chromecast built-in
streams your music directly from the cloud instead of from your device, so you
won't lose any sound quality or drain your device's battery.
Note: The Polk Assist is not made for video streaming; you
will experience video delay when streaming YouTube and any other videos.
24-Bit/96kHz Audio: Chromecast built-in
streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the highest sound quality (up
to 24-bit/96kHz) and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way
the artist intended. The Polk Assist supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files.
Music & Radio: Chromecast built-in lets you play music from popular music services
by artist, song, genre, album playlist, mood, or activity. You can also
listen to your favorite internet radio stations. Compatible music and
internet radio apps include Tidal,
Radio, and more (subscription fees may apply). Chromecast built-in currently supports a single account
per user (up to 6) and streaming
Podcasts: With the Polk Assist and Chromecast built-in, you can listen to your favorite podcasts and shows. Currently, you can't request podcasts from partner podcast players -
like Spotify, Google Play Music, and TuneIn.
News, Weather & Sports: With Chromecast built-in you'll
get the latest news and weather from sources you trust. You can listen to top
headlines, get the latest on a certain category of news (like world, weather,
business, tech, etc.), or ask about a specific news item. With Chromecast
Built-in, you can even stay up-to-date on your favorite sports, teams, and
Android Music Library: Stream your favorite music,
playlists, podcasts, and more that are stored on your Android (OS 4.4.2+)
device to the Polk Assist. You cannot stream stored content on an Apple iOS
Multi-Room Audio: Use the Google Home App
Apple iOS 9.1+ and
Android OS 4.1+)
to group multiple speakers with
together to enjoy the same song in every room - right from your compatible Apple
iOS or Android mobile device. Now, you can enjoy music streaming in
high-resolution (up to 24-bit/96kHz) across all your Chromecast enabled
speakers. See the Accessories Tab for a list of Chrome cast built-in compatible
speakers (all sold separately).
Bluetooth Audio Streaming: In addition to streaming music
over your wireless network through Chromecast built-in, the Assist also offers
built-in Bluetooth 4.1 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP/AVRCP). You can stream
stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your
smartphone, tablet, or computer) to the Polk Assist. Up to three devices can
be paired with the Assist, but only one device can be used to stream music at a
time. Once paired, the Assist will automatically re-connect with paired devices
when in wireless range (up to 33'). You'll also be able to operate Play & Pause
functions from the speaker's top-panel controls.
Note: The Assist does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone
communication (HFP). However, you can use the Google Assistant over your WiFi
network to make phone calls.
Built-In Google Digital Assistant
Built-in Google Assistant: The Polk Assist is a voice-activated
speaker powered by Google Assistant. By saying "Ok Google", the Assist can help
perform tasks like playing a favorite song or controlling smart home devices,
checking the latest weather, traffic, & finance reports, and finding out the
latest sports scores. Thanks to Google's rich history in search, the Polk Assist
with Google Assistant is ready for all your questions and commands.
- Far-Field Voice Recognition: Far-field voice recognition allows for easy
hands-free operation. Say your commands and ask your questions form across the
room and the Polk Assist will respond. Status LED's on the top-panel of the
speaker will light up to indicate that it heard your command or question and is working
on a response or action.
- Microphone Mute: You can mute the Polk Assist's
microphone for privacy.
LED lights will indicate that you have muted the microphone and the Google
Assistant. The Assist will not react to any voice keywords unless you un-mute
- Multi-User Accounts: The Google Assistant has the ability to
recognize up to
six different users. So when you ask the Google Assistant for help, it can
distinguish your voice from your spouse or kids, and you'll be able to hear
your own personal playlists, your own commute time, your own schedule and
here for Google Home's FAQ site.
Music & Radio: Use your voice to select, play, and control
music from compatible Chromecast built-in music services - like
YouTube Music, iHeart
Radio, and more.
Home Entertainment Compatible: Using only your voice, you can
initiate and control audio to any speaker, receiver, or TV with
built-in. You'll have access to Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume control of each
compatible device. See the Accessories Tab for a list of compatible speakers,
receivers, and TVs (all sold separately).
News, Weather & Sports: With the built-in Google
Assistant, you can ask about top headlines,
get the latest on a certain category of news (like world, weather, business,
tech, etc.), or ask about a specific news item. With Google Assistant, you can
even stay up-to-date on your favorite sports, teams, and games using just your
Hands-Free Calling: The Polk Assist with Google Assistant supports
hands-free calling, so you can call friends, family, and businesses using just
your voice. Call your own personal contacts or millions of businesses thanks to
Google's extensive business listings. You can also call a number by speaking it
aloud. Google does not record any of the phone conversation. Answering incoming
calls and calls to emergency services are not supported.
Smart Home Automation: The Polk Assist with Google Assistant
lets you control devices around your home from Google Home compatible smart home
automation partners - like Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Belkin Wemo, Nest,
Honeywell, and more. You can even create your own voice commands for the Google
Assistant on your Apple iOS or Android device using
IFTTT (If This, Then That).
- Light Control: With
Philips Hue or lights connected to
Samsung SmartThings, you can use your voice to control the lights around
your house without touching a switch (Philips Hue Scenes are not supported).
- Smart Plugs & Switch Control: You can also use your
voice to control Belkin Wemo plugs or switches and plugs or
switches connected to SmartThings using just your voice and the Google
- Thermostat Control: You can use your voice with the
Google Assistant to control the temperature in your home, switch between
heating and cooling modes, and more (compatible thermostats include the
Nest Thermostat, the
thermostat, or select thermostats connected to
Manage Tasks & Plan Your Day: Ask the Polk Assist with
Google Assistant about your day and hear the information you need without going
online or opening your calendar. Also, use voice commands to set alarms and
timers for things you need to do.
- Calendar & Event Information: Use Google Home and
Google Calendar to get information about an event or get your schedule
for the day from Google Calendar - using only your voice. Currently, you
will only hear events from the main calendar associated with the
Google Account used to set up Google Home. You can't add events to your
Google Calendar using your voice.
You can even use Google Assistant and
Gmail to get status updates on your upcoming flights.
- Traffic, Commute, & Flight Information: With Google Home, you
can always get to work on time by hearing information about your commute,
traffic conditions, and your estimated time of arrival. You can even call a
car to come pick you up with
- Weather Forecast Information: With Google Home, you can
listen to the current weather and upcoming forecast for your location using
only your voice.
- Local Business & Shopping Info: With Google
Assistant, you can search for local places and ask for important
information, like hours of operation or addresses.
Order everyday essentials & add items to your
shopping list with your Google Assistant on Google Home. Add items to your
- Alarms & Timers: Set, check, cancel, stop, and snooze multiple
recurring alarms. Never run late or miss a flight or meeting. You can set
and manage alarms with just your voice. Set and manage a timer for cooking, game time,
laundry and to track other activities using the timer on Google Home. It's
great for the kitchen, but can be used in the living room, bedroom, and
more. Set, pause, check, resume, and cancel timers.
Get Answers: The Assist's built-in Google Assistant helps
you find answers for many of your daily questions through the Google search
engine - including calculations,
translations, unit conversions, nutrition, dictionary, finances, facts, and more.