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Google Home owners in the US and Canada get free phone calls

Google Home smart speaker now offers free voice calling in the US and Canada
Google Home smart speaker
While Amazon's Alexa can only provide device-to-device calls, Google's smart speaker is now able to call phone numbers for free. Unfortunately, this feature is only available for its users located in Canada or the US.
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Yesterday, Google announced that the Assistant app is capable of making phone calls from Google Home smart speakers as well. This capability was available previously only to those using Google Assistant on a mobile. On the other hand, Amazon Alexa only supports device-to-device calls at this time.

According to Google's official blog post about this update, "Google Home by default can call businesses and your Google Contacts." Sadly, the recipient will only see "No Caller ID" or "Unknown" for now, but this problem should be sorted out "by the end of the year." After that, the mobile number of the Google Home user who is calling will be displayed. However, Google Voice and Project Fi users can already choose to have their phone number visible to the other party by going to the Assistant settings section in the Google Home app.

At last, we should also mention that calls to 911 are not supported.

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Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5461 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2017-08-17 (Update: 2017-08-17)