Google Home’s most useful new feature is now rolling out

Back at Google I/O in June, the firm announced Google Home would be getting hands-free voice calling. The update is now rolling out to the first users.

The feature, first spotted by Redditor andybasecleff, enables users to call people from their Google Contacts, as well as businesses.

In a video posted to Reddit, he was able to say “Ok Google, Call Alamo Drafthouse.” The speaker responded instantly with “Calling Alamo Drafthouse,” before naming the movie theatre’s address.

He said “OK Google, hang up” to complete the call.

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Strangely, according to the Reddit thread, the functionality has now disappeared.

However, considering the company just released the YouTube clip below touting the feature, we’d suggest the full rollout is imminent.

In there video description Google says: “Getting things done and keeping in touch with friends and family has never been easier. Call phone numbers in the U.S. or Canada, including your personal contacts and millions of businesses, completely hands-free. Coming soon to Google Home in the U.S.”

That means it’ll probably be a while before the feature arrives for UK Google Home users.

Home coming

As well as voice calling, Google has promised proactive notifications, plus support for Spotify and Bluetooth streaming as part of forthcoming updates.

In our original review last year we said: “The Amazon Echo and Alexa maintain their crown for now, but the cheaper Google Home and the powerful Assistant have the potential to be better over time.”

That time might just be approaching, as might be the time to jump on board.

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