Google Home gets free phone calls, multi-user support release in Canada

Google Home lets you make free voice calls through Google Assistant
     
     
       By Ida Torres

Voice calling for Google Home is rolling out to all speakers today.

Similarly, you don't even need to have a specific business's phone number saved in your Google Contacts for hands-free calling to work.

One peculiar catch: For now, calls will come from unknown/private numbers... which, after years of sketchy unknown mystery calls, most people have been trained not to answer.

If you're curious about what else Google Home can do, check out our video, made before the official launch here in Canada.

Say the wake words "OK Google" or "Hey Google" and you can ask Google to call anyone in your contacts.

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Google has been making run at the smart home speaker market with its Google Home device, though it has not reached parity with Amazon and its growing number Alexa-powered Echo products.

Additionally, since Google Home is able to recognize the voice of different users, it can call contacts specific to that user's Google contacts. The feature was first announced at Google IO in May. Google announced hands-free calling for its Google Home smart speaker back in May, and now the feature is finally rolling out to users in the US and Canada. However, Google warns that 911 emergency calls are not supported on Google Home. Google may have accidentally rolled out the new calling feature a little too soon, similar to what happened with multi-user support in countries like Canada, meaning that it may not be too long before we see it roll out officially in full scale. So we'll probably be sticking to our phones for now but we could see it becoming an awesome feature in the future.

At Google I/O this year, the search giant said that a new update would let users in the United States and Canada make hands-free outgoing calls for free and that it would also allow users to link their phone numbers to their Google Homes for caller ID purposes.

Previously mentioned in an updated help page, the Google Home Preview Program now appears to be open for everyone. Perhaps in time Google Home will become just as fleshed out and capable. Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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