"Imagine using the Amazon Echo as a phone"
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Imagine using the Amazon Echo as a phone
Google and Amazon maybe bringing voice call to the connected speakers.
That's according to a report in The Wall Street Journal saying the tech giants are working on features to Echo and Home.
Google got a bit more experience than Amazon with voice call, because it says it is like Google voice and project, Echo users can already send text messages using the send message skill if they are AT&T subscribers.
So what could making a phone call on a home or Echo sound like?
This is totally simulated by the way.
Alexa, call the pizza shop.
Calling the pizza shop.
Hi, pizza shop, how can I help you?
Hey, I'd like to order three extra large pepperoni pizzas, double the cheese and three times the meat.
Both the Home and the Echo keep voice recordings on file for things you ask.
And it is important to note that you can delete them.
The Wall Street Journal reports cited a source saying Amazon wouldn't record conversations, but it would keep the length of calls and numbers dialed just like most cell phones do because if they did record imagine what could happen.
Alexa, what's on my to-do list.
You ordered those large meat monster pizzas, maybe you should go to the gym.
[SOUND] And we don't know what it would sound like for the caller on the other end.
If you've ever listened back to the voice recordings, you'll know that they aren't exactly high fidelity.
The report says voice calling features could arrive as soon as this year.
But privacy, telecom regulations, and emergency service access, are all some of the current holdup So don't cut your landline just yet.
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