Hands-free calling on Google Home is rolling out in the U.S. and Canada

Now your Google Home can make calls throughout the United States and Canada for free.

A number of new features for the home-based digital assistant debuted at I/O 2017 in May. Hands-free calling, Spotify integration, calendar reminders, and multi-user listening were all announced at the annual event. They haven’t arrived at the same time, though. But the most anticipated new feature we saw, hands-free calling, is finally rolling out in the U.S. and Canada starting today.

You can request calls through the device’s mic and have sound come through the speakers with the latest update for Google Assistant on Google Home

Because Google’s artificial intelligence platform is built-in, Google Home can analyze the voice of the person requesting a call to return the appropriate contact. This means you can say “Hey Google, call Dad” to get your father on the phone rather than a random one. You can also leverage Google Assistant’s power by asking your Google Home to call business in your area if you don’t have its number yourself.

Users of Project Fi and Google Voice get the benefit of syncing their mobile numbers with Google Home right away. Others, for the time being, will have the recipients of their calls see “Unknown” or “No Caller ID” for identification. Google says it’ll have phone-to-Google Home syncing ready for everyone by the end of the year.

Setting up hands-free calling on Google Home is as simple saying “Hey Google, call [insert name or number].”

Source: Google


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