Google has introduced a new button in the background in the Google Home app that allows users to call their smart display device if they have one. The button will appear in the Google Home app, but only for people with a smart Google Assistant display in their account. Tapping the button automatically initiates a video call with the display, making it as easy as hitting a contact bubble.
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The Lenovo Smart Display, Nest Hub, and other selected smart displays allow you to make video calls with phones from the products sold in the Essentially smart speakers are packaging touchscreens.
Already in April, an app demolition pointed to a future feature in which the Google Home app should be granted access to the smartphone microphone for the purpose of voice and video calls, although the overall picture was not yet clear.
A number of Google Home users have reported a new "Call Home" bubble appearing on the app's Home screen. When you tap this feature, a call is triggered to the Smart Display using Google Assistant in the user's home. For example, you can easily chat with someone on the other side of the house via video chat.
The new button is a great alternative to asking Google Assistant to call home or manually trigger a call in the Duo app. It is unclear how many users have access to the button. However, it appears to be available in the latest version of the Google Home app.