Google Home speakers get mobile calling feature, rolling out to Australia first

Yolanda Curtis
September 20, 2019

Google's Pixel 4 won't be the only new item on display at their October 15 event. Even so, I'm thrilled to see this feature consolidation.

Depending on who your smart speaker preference is, you can talk to either the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or one of the voices of Siri on the HomePod, and they can all help out.

The full specs for Nest WiFi aren't now known (it better be faster than Google's current old and slow WiFi), but you should expect handoffs between mesh points, auto band switching, updates, etc.

Google's WiFi router is one of the less known Google-made products.


This would mean that you would only need to buy one main device for your mesh wireless network and then buy additional smaller (and presumably cheaper) nodes to spread that Wi-Fi signal throughout your home.

Also inside will be a Bluetooth 5.0 radio. Having Wifi-specific Google Assistant functionality will be important for users if these rumours are real.

My educated guess is for compatibility reasons.

Unlike the current generation Google Wifi, which uses multiple identical devices, the report says the new Nest Wifi will have a larger primary router and smaller satellite routers that extend the mesh network.


If you're a Telstra customer with a Google Home or Google Nest, you can now call friends and family using the Google Assistant.

With Wi-Fi 6 now a real thing we truly hope that Google either launches with the new protocol (802.11 ax) or has put the correct hardware into the device to allow an update to Wi-Fi 6 in the future. In addition, Google will offer the Nest Wifi in three color options, rather than just a white model.

Back in August, 9to5Google asserted that the American firm turned into planning to publish a moment production of the Google Home Mini that could lug a built-in wall mount, more attractive audio and more.


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