Google may just have leaked that Apple Music support is coming to its Google Home ecosystem of devices.
More specifically, the Mountain View tech giant made a small change tucked away in the latest update to its Google Home iOS app. First spotted by a MacRumors reader, the update could hint that Apple’s streaming service is coming to the platform in the near future.
Reportedly, the Google Home app for iOS now contains a listing for Apple Music in its compatible “More music services” list, alongside options for Pandora, Deezer and Spotify.
Apple Music was previously listed in the Google Assistant settings menu, but only as a service with limited availability — as it was only available on iOS devices.
Of course, while the Google Home listing is there, the option to actually add Apple Music to Google Home devices is currently non-functional. Adding some more confusing to the mix is the fact that Apple Music is still listed as an iOS-only service on the standalone Google Assistant for iOS app.
Despite that official stance, the fact that Apple Music has shown up as an option relatively recently in an official build of a Google app suggests that some kind of support announcement could happen in the near future.
Presumably, if and when Google rolls out Apple Music support for Google Home, users will be able to more directly control playback on smart speakers using Google Assistant.
While Apple has been notorious for its walled-garden approach to services, there are some clear signs that it’s easing up on that stance.
Back in December, Apple Music support officially rolled out for Amazon’s Echo range of speakers. And at CES ’19, various OEMs announced that Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support would be coming to select third-party smart TVs.
Based on Apple’s increasing focus on its Services and the fact that Google Home and Amazon Echo dominate the smart speaker market, opening up availability to Apple Music and other platforms could be a winning strategy for the company.