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Google Home owners will probably be talking to their living rooms a lot more thanks to an update that lets the voice assistant make phone calls to the U.S. and Canada. It’s one of many recent updates granting the smart home device more features and compatibility with other services.
The calls are made over Wi-Fi, with numbers pulled either from businesses or your Google Contacts list. Saying the phrase “Hey Google, call Dad” is enough to get your pop pop on the horn (in speakerphone mode, of course). If you share your Google Home with someone else, its voice recognition capabilities will ensure you call the appropriate patriarch.
There are a few bugs Google needs to iron out to make this a truly seamless calling experience, however. For starters, the Google Home call recipient won’t see your number (unless you have Project Fi—more on that below), though the company says it’ll display the correct number for all users by the end of the year. It also doesn’t have 911 call support.