Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays. In the Google Home app, Google has quietly rolled out a new button that allows users to call their smart display device if they have one. The button appears in the Google Home app, although it only appears for people who have a smart display on their account with Google Assistant. Pressing the button triggers a video call automatically with the display, making the process as simple as hitting a contact bubble.
In addition to the number of other features offered by the products, which are essentially smart speakers packing touch screens, the Lenovo Smart Display, Nest Hub and other smart displays make it possible to video call with phones.
Google Home update makes it easier to call smart displays
Back in April, a teardown app suggested a future feature that would involve granting access to one’s smartphone microphone for voice and video calls to the Google Home app, although the full picture was not yet clear.
Several Google Home users reported seeing a new bubble called home listed on the home screen of the app. When tapped, this feature triggers a call with Google Assistant located in the user’s home to the smart display, making video chatting with someone on the other side of the house, for example, very simple.
The new button is a nice alternative to calling Google Assistant home or triggering a call in the Duo app manually. How many users have access to the button is unclear, but in the latest version of the Google Home app, it appears to be available.