Phone calls could be coming to the Amazon Echo and Google Home, but the companies are currently hung up on several technicalities.
Amazon’s Echo smart speakers and Google Home can already turn on your lights , adjust your thermostat , play music , and even unlock August Smart Locks. But the next skill coming to your smart home speaker could be the biggest yet: phone calls.
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Both Amazon and Google are reportedly looking into adding the ability to send and receive phone calls over their respective smart speakers. The calling would probably use voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology similar to services like Skype, according to The Wall Street Journal.
There are many other considerations as well, including privacy worries that the smart speaker would secretly record phone calls; how law enforcement could tap these calls; and also the logistics of the best way to hang up or answer a call.
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