Google Home speaker in the UK are finally getting hands-free voice calls. The hands-free voice calls were originally announced at Google I/O 2017 and was introduced to in the US last August. Google Home owners in the UK have had to wait patiently for the same functionality in their area. Today, Google has announced the rollout of the feature for Home owners in the UK.
To get started, all you have to do is say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” followed by the person or business you’d like to call. Better, you don’t even need your phone either because the speaker will use Google Contacts as an address book and place the call for you over Wi-Fi.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Google Home speakers is able to recognize up to six different users in the UK. Basically your family members or roommates can say “call mum” and get the right person. Google’s Assistant will also come in very handy by having access to “millions” of businesses across Britain, so calling your pharmacy, pizza place or other businesses should be a piece of cake.
One thing I want to mention is that when you call someone for the first time, your Home speaker will show up as an unknown or private number. That is a pain, but you can setup caller ID so your number appears for future calls.
Google is also celebrating Mother’s Day (in the UK). The company is dropping the price of its coral-colored Home Mini speaker by £10 to £39 until March 12th. Why not pick it up?