Google Home Users Can Now Make Free Calls Using Google Assistant
Google introduced its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home last year in October. Since then it has been quite a popular product, but it looks like it lacked a major differentiating factor. Today, Google just announced a new update which will allow the users of this smart speaker to make free calls across the US and Canada. Let us take a closer look at what this update brings to the table:
How to Make Free Calls with Google Home
Google has introduced this new feature today, which allows the users to easily make free calls over the Google Home. It is as simple as speaking ‘Hey Google, Call Dad’. Saying this would have Google call up your dad.
What is really interesting about this feature is the fact that Google Home, which allows connecting up to six accounts, will not call up ‘Dad’ from any of the other accounts, but specifically your Dad because it understands your voice! This is a pretty neat feature.
Getting back to it, the Google smart speaker makes calls over the Google Assistant. This is another really cool factor, which means you do not have to touch your phone or key in a number to call people. The device can call people stored in your phonebook, as well as professional services who have updated their contact details on Google.
For example, you can say, ‘Hey Google, Call ABC Bakery on Hamilton Road’. This will prompt Google Assistant to look up for the number of ABC Bakery on Hamilton Road from Google, and call them up. This ability to call people beyond your phone makes it even more interesting.
The free calling feature is available only for Google Home users based in the US and Canada as of now. The person you would make the call to would get your number as ‘Unknown’ or ‘No Caller ID’. However this won’t apply to those using Google Voice or Project Fi.
Source: Google Blog.