Google Home will soon be able to make voice calls

Google Home will soon be able to make voice calls for the first time.

Initially only available in the US and Canada, users will be able to link their contact book with the speaker and make free calls over their internet connection.

Google Home
(Eric Risberg/AP)

Music streaming services Spotify and Deezer are also to be added to the smart home hub, Google said.

Google Home was launched in the UK in March and is a rival to the Amazon Echo, which uses its own voice-based assistant, Alexa, to answer questions and help with tasks.

The CEO
(Eric Risberg/AP)

New “visual responses” were also announced by Google which enable users to get the answers they receive from Home shown on a screen.

For example, users can ask to see their schedule or the weather and it will appear on a connected TV.

This feature will use Google’s existing Chromecast streaming device which plugs into a TV and enables users to send content from mobile devices and laptops to the screen.

The announcements were made at Google’s developer conference I/O, which began on Wednesday.

 

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