Google’s breakthrough in a matter of calls represents a big step forward. Google now enables calls in United Kingdom territory for free using the Home smart speaker for both landlines and mobile devices.
We have the winners
Google’s Home speaker, as well as Home Mini, are entitled to making free calls to normal UK numbers using only a Wi-Fi connection, the fact that poses a certain threat to competitive systems in use at the moment, as it doesn’t require a mobile phone. A rival worth mentioning is Alexa-powered by Amazon, that stole the start of voice calling, but with a twist: it was necessary to have a certain app installed on your device, app for which internet was required for it to connect. Google simplifies everything and expands the project to regular landline and phone numbers all around the UK.
With every day, Google Assistant grows in performance and abilities and it’s now clever enough to make calls to businesses, as well as whoever you choose from Google Contacts. The intelligent Assistant is able to identify the voice and pitch of no less than six different users which get granted access to their own personalized contacts. To give an example, if you want to initiate a call to a family, Google Assistant will identify the right voice and therefore make the call accordingly to the person you wish. Nothing seems easier than just saying ‘Hey Google, call’ then add the name of the person you want to contact.
What does HomePod offers
In contrast with Google Assistant, HomePod is linked to Apple and can play the role of a hands-free speaker for the Apple Device used, but a limitation to this model is the incapability to initiate voice calls by itself.
Battle goes on
We have three big names competing in the combat for voice control in the home: Google, Amazon and Apple who has just entered the arena after HomePod was released to the public.
The reactions coming from trusted technology companies are firm and do not hold any of the sides. Their money is on voice being a future prospect, blending computer interaction and the usage of smart speakers.