“Hey Google, call Mom.”
Give that command to your, and starting Wednesday, it might work. The Google Home is a smart speaker that responds to your voice commands. It works as a music streamer, a smart home controller, and a personal assistant. Soon, you can also use it to make free calls with your voice over your home’s Wi-Fi network.
Say the wake words “OK Google” or “Hey Google” and you can ask Google to call anyone in your contacts. Google Home can also call businesses, but not 911 for the time being. The voice calling feature ties intoas well. You and your spouse can both sync your accounts to the Home, then when you say “Call Mom” Home will know to check your contacts specifically.
, Google Home’s voice calling feature looks primed to outdo the same feature on the . Home can’t receive any incoming calls or call other Homes, but you can call any phone-based contact in the US or Canada for free.
The catch: you’ll likely show up as an unknown caller for the recipient. If you’re a Google Voice or Project Fi user, the person on the other end of the call can see who’s calling if you’d like. Google plans to roll out that option for everyone else by the end of the year.
Google’s announcement specifically says voice calls will be ready “soon.” We’ll take the Home for a test drive as a telephone as soon as we’re able.