MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—So far, this yr’s Google I/O has been extra about incremental updates than massive new merchandise and tasks. Google’s photograph apps and providers have gotten a spread of updates, and the Google Assistant is getting new capabilities and coming to iOS. Google Home, the corporate’s Amazon Echo competitor, can be getting a brief record of recent options, together with expanded multimedia capabilities.
The “hands-free calling” characteristic is just about what it seems like—yell at Google Home, and you’ll name folks in your contact record. Home will use its personal personal telephone quantity by default, however you too can hyperlink it along with your private quantity so the folks you are calling will know who it’s. The characteristic will likely be free within the US and Canada, and will probably be enabled “over the next few months.”
Home’s music playback can be getting higher. It will quickly help non-premium Spotify accounts, Soundcloud, and Deezer, and Google may also add Bluetooth help so you’ll be able to play different stuff immediately out of your telephone, pill, or laptop computer as you can with any Bluetooth speaker.
The Chromecast-enabled “play on my TV” characteristic is selecting up help for brand spanking new channels as nicely. The full record that Google confirmed off now contains YouTube, Netflix, Google Photos, HBO Now, Hulu, YouTube TV, Google Play Movies and TV, CBS All Access, the Food Network, the CW, HGTV, Red Bull TV, the Travel Channel, Crackle, the DIY Network, R-Viki, and the Cooking Channel.
Finally, Google Home can use your TV-connected Chromecast as a giant show. It can present you issues like climate and maps, and you’ll say “OK, let’s go” to switch maps out of your TV to your telephone with no need to re-type the addresses.
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