The Google home smart speaker has arrived and wants to level up with Amazon by adding voice calls. It is available in the U.S. since last August. But in the UK, it has been recently launched. The system already has its followers who were anxiously waiting for its launch. Whether you are planning to acquire a new smart system or are lucky to have one, it is a good idea to know how they work.
Learning to make voice calls through Google Home
To wake it up it is only necessary to say “Hey Google” or “Ok Google”. After that, you can simply say the name of the person you want to call. The system uses Google´s address book to find the name. As it is hands-free you don´t need to have the phone in front of you.
Google Home only needs to hear and recognize the voice that gives the command. For the UK it is configurated to recognize up to 6 people. You can pick this number of people from those who live with you or close to you. It is only necessary to train the Google assistant to do so because the built-in technology does the job.
Google Home to call everywhere
There are many ways to use the hands-free voice calling feature. It wouldn´t be fair to limit it to your address book. It works well for other tasks. Google´s director of product management confirmed it is prepared to do about 1 million actions. You can give it orders to find other phone numbers either for business or personal interests. Whenever you need to contact another person through your phone, Google Home or Home Mini can do it for you.
The main goal of Google´s artificial intelligence (AI) is to make your life easier. According to it, Google Assistant is included in more than 350 voice- controlled devices. The information was confirmed at the Consumer Electronics Show held in January 2018. With this said, you can now find it in cars, televisions and even a toy-town railway. In the future, we might expect that Google includes new devices.
Now that Google has added this new feature, there are expectations about how it will impact the total number of sales in the market for other similar products. Amazon Echo is the closest competition and it is the leader in the segment. Figures indicate it triples Google Home sales.
These figures were obtained before Christmas. It is the most important time of the year for sales. Results might have changed during that season to reduce the gap between Google Home and Amazon Echo. However, it is undeniable that Amazon Echo brand is better positioned in consumer´s minds.
The battle between Google Home and Amazon Echo has just begun. In years to come, we´ll see how Google assistant tries to level up its assistant even more. Amazon´s strategy to protect its segment must be already on the way. In the end, consumers will be the most benefited.