Google Says It Will Scale Back Call Blocking
Today Google sent the FCC a letter wherein it disclosed that it will limit the types of calls it blocks with its Google Voice product. Google said, "We told the FCC today that Google Voice now restricts calls to fewer than 100 specific phone numbers, all of which we have good reason to believe are engaged in…schemes." Google said it will no longer block certain rural numbers, which it originally implied were too expensive to connect. AT&T had asked the FCC to investigate the service earlier this month. The FCC said it is reviewing Google's letter, but has not said it will call of its own investigation.
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 Assistant On Phones to Gain Voice-Based Shopping
Google today expanded the scale of its Google Express service with the addition of Target stores nationwide. Starting immediately, people who live in the 48 contiguous states can ask Google Assistant on the Google Home product to purchase items from Target.
Nexus Phones Earn Spam Blocker from Google
Google today said it is updating the Google Phone app on Nexus and Android One devices with a new spam-blocking tool. With the new app aboard, Nexus devices will warn owners about potential spam callers, as well as give them the ability to block or report suspected spam callers.
FCC Approves Possible HTC Nexus Phones
The FCC has approved two new handsets from HTC that may be bound for Google's Nexus program. The FCC documents don't confirm much other than the model numbers and radio support, but they do leave a few clues as to the devices' potential.
Google Calendar to Auto-Dial Conference Passcodes
Google Calendar for Android devices will soon help people dial-in to conference calls with fewer steps and less frustration. When users dial the conference call number through the Calendar app, the app will automatically add the conference passcode to connect to the right call.