I mistakenly told my Google Home to make a telephone call this morning–”Hey Google, call Richard’s Fish & Chips.”
This was a mistake, because the Google Home can’t make telephone calls.
Except that it can.
Apparently the Google Home now has a new superpower, which is making free telephone calls in the U.S. and Canada.
So when I said “Hey Google, call Richard’s Fish & Chips,” Google figured out which Richard’s I wanted (it knows where I am, because I told it where my Google Home is located when I first set it up), and placed a call for me.
It also works for “Hey Google, Call Catherine.” And it knew to call her cell phone.
It can’t yet send text messages, it can’t yet receive calls, and its response when you try to call a number it doesn’t recognize is the stock “I don’t know how to help with that” rather than “I don’t have a number for them” or something more specific.
But, it’s still pretty keen. I’m not sure why I’d ever use an actual telephone to call out from the office ever again.
A reminder that the Google Home is now available in Canada: you can purchase one from Best Buy, Walmart, Staples or The Source, or direct from Google.
And remember: once you have yours, be sure to say “Hey Google, ask Farmer’s Almanac about today.”