Google Home Preview Program For Testing Future Software Opens To Everyone

Google Home Preview Program is now open to all

The hands-free calling feature on Google Home works by simply asking Assistant to call businesses or Google contacts.

There is a bit of an issue though.

Although the new call service may be welcome, it does come with a limitation: It has no call number display support, meaning that when receiving calls from the smart home device, people on the other end will see "unknown" or "no caller ID", unless they are Google Voice or Google Fi customers themselves. Google promised a whole slew of new features at this year's I/O developer conference, one of which was the ability to make hands-free calls. You can call anyone in your contacts regardless of whether they are using the speaker or not because you are essentially calling their actual phone.

Google is rolling out the ability to make hands-free phone calls to the USA and Canada via Google Assistant on Google Home. Amazon was the original pioneer of the smart speaker but has since had to play leapfrog with Google. This is indeed an interesting feature from Google and it is a step up for the Google Assistant too.

Google Home supports a number of voice commands.

If you're using another app or platform for contact management, these need to be stored in Google's cloud. However, calls on Alexa speakers are user to user, meaning Echo users can only call other Echo users with their speakers.

Amazon's Alexa brought voice calls to Alexa-enabled devices back in May, but each participant in a call must have the Alexa app on their phone and own an Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Show. For an early access though, you can give Google Home Preview Program a try. Now, not only can it make a call for you, but it can tell exactly which member in the household is commanding it to do so.

Voice calling for Google Home is rolling out to all speakers today. Once that's done, recipients will see your number show up instead of the awful "no caller ID" thing. Emergency numbers are also not available to call using Google Home. This will ensure that your number is displayed when you make a call to your contacts.

How is it different from Amazon Alexa calling?

Also of note, calls to 911 are not yet supported.

To do this, you will need to open the Home app on your smartphone.

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