Google Home updates will provide visual responses on an iPhone display, hands-free calling...

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in General Discussion edited May 2017
Google has revealed a number of updates it will be rolling out to the Google Home connected speaker, with major additions including the device's ability to put responses to queries on a nearby display, such as the user's iPhone, as well as being able to place phone calls from the device itself.




Shown at the Google I/O developer conference, the Google Home's "Visual Responses" will use the screens of nearby devices in order to give an image or video-based reply to a question. For example, directions for how to get to the user's next appointment could be forwarded to an iPhone with a map, or a relevant video could be displayed on a television equipped with Chromecast.

Google Home will also offer "Proactive Assistance" to its users, giving notifications and important information about events when the device believes the user may need it. This is primarily useful for appointments in a calendar, with it able to warn earlier in advance if the user may experience heavier traffic on the way.

Hands-free calling will allow users to make calls to other people, simply by asking Google Assistant to place it. Calls to numbers in the United States and Canada will be free, and though it won't need to use a smartphone to place the call, the Assistant can be set up to display the user's phone number on the recipient's caller ID system, instead of a private number.

Google expects to roll out hands-free calling to US device owners in the next few months.

For music, Google Home will support Spotify's free music streaming service this summer, with Soundcloud and Deezer also said to be on the way. For users who do not use streaming services, Bluetooth support is coming to Home devices in the future, allowing for music to be played through Google Home from a smartphone or tablet.

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  • Reply 1 of 7
    jason98jason98 Posts: 764member
    Whoever still considers buying this "appliance" from Google, watch the Circle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3118452/), it will make you think twice.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 7
    Jasonx911Jasonx911 Posts: 16member
    Is google only pushing this to iPhones or are they pushing this to there android flock. Most of the features are already available on Apple I get alerts ahead of time for my appointments with maps and traffic. It sounds like they are trying to stay relevant to the competition that hasn't been released. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,117member
    jason98 said:
    Whoever still considers buying this "appliance" from Google, watch the Circle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3118452/), it will make you think twice.
    Oh, the new fiction movie? Is it any good? I haven't read any of the reviews yet. 
    Soli
  • Reply 4 of 7
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 21,117member
    Jasonx911 said:
    Is google only pushing this to iPhones or are they pushing this to there android flock. Most of the features are already available on Apple I get alerts ahead of time for my appointments with maps and traffic. It sounds like they are trying to stay relevant to the competition that hasn't been released. 
    This is a different service. If you make a voice query using Google Home, the results can be displayed on your phone, TV, tablet, etc. instead of  just getting a verbal response like other assistants have been offering. 

    The advance reminders you mention has been part of both iOS and Android for a long time. 
    saltyzip
  • Reply 5 of 7
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,155member
    jason98 said:
    Whoever still considers buying this "appliance" from Google, watch the Circle (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3118452/), it will make you think twice.
    I saw the movie with my girlfriend and we thought the movie itself was not so great but thought that the movie had a lot of Apple in it, not Google.
  • Reply 6 of 7

    Google Home updates will provide visual responses on an iPhone display


    Wow, if only iPhone had its own voice assistant it wouldn't need this at all....
    saltyzip
  • Reply 7 of 7
    saltyzipsaltyzip Posts: 193member
    Apple are too busy bean counting and trying to take 30% of tips from China's apps than building one of these.

    I can't see how this voice assistant would work for Apple as doesn't it pride itself on not storing information on customers in the cloud, bar mostly contacts and calendar items? 

    Google photos is amazing, even identifies friends in videos and automatically tags them. Apple can't compete with this if it limits what an assistant can capture about you.
    edited May 2017
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