Google's Fiber Phone Bridges Home and Mobile Service
Google today announced the Fiber Phone, a home-phone service for its Google Fiber internet customers. The service includes unlimited nationwide calling, caller ID, voicemail, privacy controls, spam filtering, and do-not-disturb tools. Customers can keep their preexisting home phone number, use a Google Voice number, or switch to a new number. Fiber Phone can be set to ring mobile phones so users don't miss home calls, and will transcribe voicemails and send them to mobile devices via email or text. Fiber Phone costs $10 per month. Google is making it available slowly in markets where it already provides fiber home internet service.
Google Home Gains More Home Automation Powers
Google today expanded the number of third-party smart home apps that can be controlled by its Google Home product. Owners of Google Home can now control Belkin Wemo and Honeywell smart home products via Google Home.
Google Assistant to Live In (Your) Google Home
Google today made its Amazon Echo competitor, Google Home, available for preorder. Google Home is powered by the Google Assistant.
Google Home Gains Voice-Based Shopping to Compete with Amazon Echo
Google today added the ability to shop for certain goods to its voice-controlled Google Home speaker. Google says people can use Google Home to purchase everyday essentials from more than 50 national and local retailers.
Google Home Now Recognizes Individual Voices
Google today made it possible for up to six people to get personalized results from its Google Home product. Using the refreshed Google Home mobile app, Home owners can train the device to recognize individual voices for everyone in your house.