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Amazon is rolling out a feature today that lets users broadcast messages to connected Echo devices. The company is calling it Alexa Announcements, and the functionality is very similar to the broadcast feature Google Home has had since late last year.
Telling an Echo “announce,” “broadcast” or “tell everyone” something will make all connected devices on the account relay the message. “Millions of customers already have more than one Echo device in their home,” Amazon says, and given that Echo devices have have been able to function as two-way intercoms and make phone calls since last year, this feature seems like a logical step.
Alexa Announcements one-way voice feature rolling out to Echo devices was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Telling the family that dinner’s ready or reminding the kids it’s time for bed won’t require as much shouting if you’ve got a smart home with Echo speakers scattered around. Today Amazon announced a new feature called Alexa Announcements, which will let you simultaneously broadcast a voice message to every Echo in the house.
Users already had the intercom-style ability to carry on two-way conversations between rooms, but the one-way Announcements function is meant for the kind of grand pronouncements that you want everyone to hear. They’ll play back on all supported devices, which include the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Look.
You send an Alexa Announcement by saying “Alexa, announce that…” followed by…
Google Voice has long been helpful for receiving phone calls regardless of the device you're using. That's assuming you want a conventional call, though — it can be a pain if you're traveling and face roaming charges, or in those moments when you w…
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Good news, Google Voice users: A useful new feature is coming to your service.
Google is now offering a beta test of Wi-Fi calling for Google Voice. With Wi-Fi calling, you can make calls from any device with a Wi-Fi connection, you can reduce roaming charges, and you can stay in contact even if you’ve got a poort cellular connection.
Wi-Fi calling for Google Voice is currently available on Android and the web, with iOS support coming soon. If you’re calling from your computer, you’ll need to use Chrome for now. Google says that support for Firefox, Safari, and Edge is coming soon.
Here’s a list of the known issues with Google Voice Wi-Fi calling right now:
- Obihai devices won’t work if you enable calling over Wi-Fi (e.g. Incoming calls won’t ring your Obihai phone if you turn on calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data)
- You won’t be able to use incoming call options (call recording & call transfer) when you enable calling over Wi-Fi and mobile data
- On your computer, Wi-Fi calling only work with Chrome. Support for Firefox, Safari and Edge coming soon!
- Android Bluetooth support:
- You won’t be able to use the buttons on your bluetooth device to answer calls or hang up
- Unable to use earpiece mode when a bluetooth device is paired
- Depending on your Android version, your calls might drop if you try to switch between Bluetooth and speakerphone.
Wi-Fi calling is a very nice addition to Google Voice. As I mentioned before, you can use Wi-Fi calling from more devices, and it means that you don’t need to rely on a cell carrier’s network to stay connected. You just need to find any Wi-Fi hotspot and you’ll be good to go. If you’re a Google Voice user, the addition of Wi-Fi calling seems pretty great.
Do you use Google Voice? If so, are you going to try Wi-Fi calling?
For mobile users juggling a bunch of different devices, Google Voice can be something of a godsend. Not only does it let you share a single point of contact through which people can reach you no matter which phone or tablet you’re carrying at the moment, but it does so without requiring the party on the other end to install a specific app — everything travels over regular voice calls and text messages.
Google Voice recruiting testers for new Wi-Fi (or mobile data) calling feature was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
The quest to save Stephen Hawking's voice Jason Fagone, San Francisco Chronicle There's no doubt Stephen Hawking will be remembered for his work on black holes and relativity, but he will also be remembered for his distinctive voice. San Francisco…
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Good things are happening with Google Voice. While the app normally stays fairly quiet, the last few months have shown a lot of positive attention is going into the service. The surface-level changes in this update aren’t too major, but a teardown shows that users will soon get a vastly improved voicemail system that features on-device recording and support for multiple messages.
A look through the latest Google Voice doesn’t appear to bring much in the way of changes, but there are a few curious tweaks to the text visible in Settings.
Google Voice v5.9 prepares voicemail greetings to be recorded in-app [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
There are a lot of options for mobile payments. Friends settling monetary scores can use Google Wallet, Paypal, or Venmo, among a larger list of services. Wells Fargo is even desperately trying to act like Zelle is a thing. But starting today, anyone using Google Assistant can send their buds a verbal $ 20 bill for last night’s bar tab. That’s because Google Pay (née Android Pay) is now integrated into the Assistant.
Right now it’s only possible via the Assistant on Android and iOS phones, though support for speakers is planned in the coming months.
Send and receive money with just your voice – Assistant now has Google Pay integration was written by the awesome team at Android Police.