This year’s Google I/O Conference had its major focus on incremental updates rather than big new products. Company announced many new features for the Google Assistant. Andriod Go was announced for budget Android phones, while Google Home, is also getting a list of new features, including enhanced multimedia capabilities.
Google Home’s hands-free calling is finally there. Shout at 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 enabled over the next few months and will be free in the US and Canada.
Google is also improving Home’s music playback. The device will soon support non-premium Spotify accounts, Soundcloud, and Deezer. With that, Google is also adding Bluetooth support so the users can play stuff directly from phone, tablet, or laptop.
Home’s play on my TV feature, enabled by the Chromecast is picking up support for new channels. The list now includes 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.
Last but not the least, Google Home can now use TV-connected Chromecast as a big display. It can show things like maps, and by just saying “OK, let’s go” maps will be transferred from TV to phone without needing to re-type the addresses.
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