MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—So far, this year’s Google I/O has been more about incremental updates than big new products and projects.
Google’s photo apps and services have gotten a range of updates, and the Google Assistant is getting new capabilities and coming to iOS.
Google Home, the company’s Amazon Echo competitor, is also getting a short list of new features, including expanded multimedia capabilities.
The “hands-free calling” feature is pretty much what it sounds like—yell at Google Home, and you can call people in your contact list. Home will use its own private phone number by default, but you can also link it with your personal number so the people you’re calling will know who it is.
The feature will be free in the US and Canada, and it will be enabled “over the next few months.”
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