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Call Screen is starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones

Friday, November 16th, 2018

The Pixel 3 launched with Call Screen, which allows Assistant to "answer" by asking who's calling and offering ways to respond to calls. At the event, Google promised that the feature would trickle down to the older Pixel and Pixel 2 phones in November. We're halfway through the month, and it looks like Call Screen is indeed starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones.

We've gotten one tip from a reader with a Pixel 2 XL, and there's a post in r/GooglePixel showing it on a Pixel 2.

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Call Screen is starting to hit some Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home supports navigating touch-tone menus by voice

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Google Home got call support last year, but although we've been able to make use of the hardware's hands-free VoIP support since then, there were a few noteworthy omissions. One of them was touch-tone number entry support for things like navigating automated menu systems. That exclusion has been fixed, as you can now tell Google to "press" numbers during calls. 

We were tipped off about the new feature earlier today, and in our own testing, it works.

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Google Home supports navigating touch-tone menus by voice was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Facebook responds, no API abuse] Facebook was gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata for years via its app

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Android's permissions system used to be more permissive than it should have been, and according to Ars Technica, Facebook was taking advantage of that little loophole to harvest call and SMS data. By exploiting the fact that pre-4.1 Android permissions could be requested by apps on the Play Store up until last year, and that those earlier permissions automatically granted call and SMS access together with requests to access contacts, Facebook was able to collect and store metadata associated with each from those that gave the app those permissions. 

This is on the heels of the larger Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal—which we haven't really covered because, up until now, it hasn't really applied to Android specifically.

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[Update: Facebook responds, no API abuse] Facebook was gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata for years via its app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Facebook was gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata for years via its app

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Android's permissions system used to be more permissive than it should have been, and according to Ars Technica, Facebook was taking advantage of that little loophole to harvest call and SMS data. By exploiting the fact that pre-4.1 Android permissions could be requested by apps on the Play Store up until last year, and that those earlier permissions automatically granted call and SMS access together with contacts, Facebook was able to collect and store metadata associated with each from those that gave the app contacts access. 

This is on the heels of the larger Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal—which we haven't really covered because, up until now, it hasn't really applied to Android specifically.

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Facebook was gathering call, SMS, and MMS metadata for years via its app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Alexa gets Follow-up Mode to listen to consecutive requests, and enables calling and messaging on tablets

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Every few weeks, Amazon adds a couple of features to its Echo line-up or Alexa app, and today is no different. Rolling out now are two changes: a Follow-Up Mode for Echo speakers and the option to make calls, send messages, and drop in from tablets.

Starting with Follow-Up Mode, this can be activated on a device basis only for US English, and lets you ask other questions to your Echo without repeating the wake word "Alexa." The way this works is after Alexa answers your first request, the blue indicator light on the Echo remains active for a few seconds, waiting to see if you have any more questions, then turns off.

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Alexa gets Follow-up Mode to listen to consecutive requests, and enables calling and messaging on tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home calling is now live in the UK

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

You might think making phone calls with Google Home would be a basic function available from launch, but you'd be wrong. VoIP calling eventually came to users in the US and Canada last August, but it's eluded other regions until now. At Google's October 4th hardware last year the UK was promised similar functionality — due to go live later in the year. It's a bit late, but UK Google Home users are finally able to make hands-free calls as of today.

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Google Home calling is now live in the UK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Hands-free Home calling coming to the UK later this year

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Country-related news for Google Home continues. Now the focus is hands-free calling on the Google Home. The UK is the latest country to get the feature, coming later this year. 

For the unfamiliar, Google put together a nice little video on how exactly it works. But, like most really useful things, it's quite simple. It allows you to place a phone call using your Google Home.

The US only saw the feature a few weeks back, so it's surprising to see it rolling out to a new region so quickly.

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Hands-free Home calling coming to the UK later this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to Alexa

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Amazon's Alexa assistant is currently only talking to you, but you will soon be able to have Alexa reach out and touch someone else. Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to its Alexa devices, which will most likely be available in time for the launch of the Echo Show on June 28th. This won't be connected to your phone number—it's a completely separate way of making and accepting voice calls.

Voice calls with Alexa work very much like you'd probably imagine.

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Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to Alexa was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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