Google Home might be your next house phone line.
It’s being reported by the Wall Street Journal that Google is working on adding voice calling to their smart speaker. This is a logical step because Google wants their speaker to control everything in your house and your landline is a key part of that. They have an advantage over their competitor here, Amazon Echo, because they already have Google Voice and Project Fi which could more easily be integrated into Google Home via Google Assistant. There’s a pretty straight line from Google Assistant to your phone so integrating phone calls seems pretty logical. They would just have to bake in Google Voice to get the mechanics of voice calling live in Google Home. One of the issues here though is that all of your calls would be on speaker so everyone in your house would hear your conversation. That might be a pretty big issue for many people but we think this feature would be useful.
It’s exciting to hear the prospect of integrating even more in home activities into Google Home. Google continues to innovate and push past Amazon Echo even if Amazon intends to do the same thing. Google has a huge advantage with their massive online presence and new Pixel and Pixel XL phones so they can more easily launch new features. The Google Home speaker has been selling well and already has closed the gap a bit when compared to Amazon Echo sales. Amazon did get a head start with Echo, but Google is chipping away at the market share in a pretty efficient way. I’ve used both and feel that Google Home has an advantage mainly because of access tot he Google Search knowledge graph. Answering questions accurately is key to it’s success and nobody has more answers than Google Search.