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Google Home finally gets hands-free Wi-Fi calling in the UK

Google Home owners in the UK can now access the useful hands-free calling functionality, thanks to the Google Assistant.

Rolling out from today (Wednesday March 7), users will be able to say “Hey Google, call…” to make the phonecalls over their Wi-Fi connection.

Once users have set up a profile via the Google Home app, their mobile number will appear on the caller ID screen of the recipient.

Given Google has recently rolled-out multi-user support it’ll be possible for any member of the household to access the hands-free calling functionality.

So, if you’re calling “mum” to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day, you can do so without calling your flatmates’ mums.

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As well as contacts from within your phonebook, Google Home owners will be able to request calls to local businesses like florists or jewellery stores, staying on the Mother’s Day theme.

The functionality has been available in the United States since August last year, so it’s good to see Google roll it out to users in the UK.

In September 2017, Amazon added the ability to call mobiles and landlines using the Echo device range via Alexa Calling, so this level things up for Google fans.

Speaking of Mother’s Day, Google is offering a £10 discount on the Google Home Mini in Coral, exclusively at Currys PC World. The offer, which reduces the asking price to £39.99, will continue until March 12.

Given the occasion, Google has outlined some potential requests ahead of this weekend’s festivities:

“Hey Google, give me a recipe for Mother’s Day” or “Hey Google, give me a recipe for breakfast in bed”
“Hey Google, where is the nearest flower shop?”
“Hey Google, how many days until Mother’s Day?”
“Hey Google, broadcast ‘Happy Mother’s Day.’”
“Hey Google, set a reminder to buy a gift for Mum.”
“Hey Google, set a reminder to call Mum on Mother’s Day.”

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