Google Assistant Can Now Receive Incoming Calls in Australia
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Ever since it was launched, the service only features the ability to make phone calls, but only in that one direction. According to 9to5Google’s previous report, Google Assistant-powered speakers received a new feature, thanks to Telstra, Australia’s major internet and telecommunications provider.
The new feature comes about a year after Telstra allowed outbound calls between its cellular lines and Assistant speakers. Customers reported that they’re receiving text messages explaining how they can enable the new ability.
How many Google speakers can receive calls
Google Assistant confirmed that ten Google speakers or smart displays, which are powered by its Assistant service, can receive calls from in the same house.
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However, it is also important to remember that you still have to choose which speakers will receive the Google Home app calls. Just like Duo calls, Google Assistant will say the caller’s name aloud before playing a ringtone.
If you already confirm that the caller is someone you know, all you need to do is say, “Hey Google, answer call,” and the service will automatically answer it for you.
Will it help Android Auto users?
Although Google Assistant’s new feature might seem to be a great help for Android Auto users, there’s no confirmation yet if it can be used in cars.
However, Auto Evolution reported that Google Assistant could reduce driving distractions to a minimum level since it allows drivers to perform a series of tasks without using their hands.