The feature, which was announced at Google’s I/O developer conference in 2017, launched in the US in August. Now, thanks to an update, UK owners of the Home and Home Mini smart speakers will also be able to make free, hands-free calls to UK numbers over its wi-fi connection.
Google Assistant can not only call anyone in your Google Contacts, but also businesses in Britain, such as your local dentist or favourite restaurant. All users have to do is say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google", followed by the contact or business name.
Google Assistant can recognise up to six users too, so those sharing a Home speaker with others should in theory be able to say, “Call Mum”, and get the right mother on the line.
The best part? You don’t need your phone to hand, as you do with rivals. Amazon Alexa speakers can only make calls between Echo devices and the Alexa app, while Apple’s HomePod can only act as a hands-free speaker during calls.
It's certainly a handy feature, although Google will ultimately need to pull more tricks out of its sleeve to truly compete with its aforementioned rivals in the saturated smart speaker market. And ideally improve the sound quality.