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 Assistant Can Now Find Your Phone, Call from Your Mobile Number
Google today said its Home-based Google Assistant product can easily find your Android or iOS smartphone. Home owners need only say, "OK Google, find my phone." The Assistant will ring Android phones, or send a call to iPhones, even when the phone is in silent mode.
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 Home Speaker Now Bluetooth Compatible
Google updated its Google Home speaker with the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices. The search giant first announced the feature at its I/O developer conference earlier this year and has just now enabled the functionality.
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.