At Google I/O today the Google Home was the star of the keynote, with Google’s pivot in the recent years to AI an all voice assistant was inevitable. Amazon beat them to market but Google came fighting back with Home. Amazon recently announced Echo was getting calling which makes complete sense because if you can talk to it and hold a conversation with AI, why couldn’t you call Mom. This changed today as you can see in the text below.
Make hands-free calls with Google Home. In the coming months, just ask your Assistant and it will connect you to mobile phones or landlines in the U.S. or Canada, free. There’s no setup and no need for a phone or additional app. And since we now support multiple people on one Google Home, your Assistant can make sure that you call your mom—not your partner or roommate’s mom!
Awesome right? I’ll definitely be using it. In addition to this Google is also adding something called Proactive Assistance, Google Home will now give proactive alerts and notifications for useful information, like traffic alerts. Also for Android TV users Visual Responses are coming later this year, this means Google Home will send responses that have images to your TV (via Chromecast), phone, or any other appropriate screen in your house.