Google Duplex! Now in 43 States on All Pixel Phones

08 March, 2019, 02:23 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Google Duplex assistant is coming to more states and restaurants

Continued Conversations is rolling out over "the next few days" to all Smart Displays powered by the Google Assistant in the us that are set to English. It may have finally gotten over those legal hurdles as it announced the availability of Duplex in 43 of 50 states in the US.

Saying "OK Google" is already more syllables than are required to wake up competing smart assistants like Alexa. But Google made some progress since then, addressing concerns in the process.

Following a limited beta test last summer, Duplex began rolling out in November to Android devices running version 5.0 or above, and iPhones with Google Assistant installed.

In related news, Google did say that they plan to "slowly" bring Duplex to more Android and iOS devices over the "next few weeks".

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What Duplex lets you do is to make reservations without actually talking to the restaurant you've chosen.

I first spotted Continued Conversations on my Google Home Hub, and to no surprise, it works just like it does on other Assistant speakers. Google Assistant handles everything once you issue your command.

Duplex is the voice calling feature of Google Assistant that allows it to make a call and hold a conversation with a human at the other end of the line in order to make reservations or check business details for you. Google gives the example, "Book a table for four people at [restaurant name] tomorrow night". If it's successful, you'll get a notification on your phone as well as an email reminder and calendar invite.

What you need to know is that the Assistant will always identify itself when making a call, and the calls will be recorded.

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