18 March 2020
The Google Home app may soon support emergency calling on your smart speakers so as to help its customers when the help is needed in distress. The support is not yet live but has been spotted by Jane Wong, who is an expert in reverse engineering and finding some hidden features. The support is currently buried within the Google Home app but is likely to become active since it is such a useful feature for the customers.
The feature is a part of expanded Nest Aware coverage that Google announced in October 2019. The company promised to make it available next year. So, it appears we are about to receive this feature, though the exact date is unknown.
Google Home app is working on supporting emergency calling services pic.twitter.com/JGgbXFSslx— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 14, 2020
Wong has also shared a snapshot that shows the setting would require the customers to enter the address so that emergency services such as 911 could reach them. Note that Google has blocked emergency calling through Assistant speakers, but this is now going to change with the new Nest Aware plans. Currently, if asking for emergency services, Google Assistant or the speaker just tell you about your nearby hospital options.
The new feature will prove to be helpful in several cases, for instance, if you happen to be home but away from your phone to dial 911, in such a scenario you just have to say “OK Google call 911” to any Google Nest or Home speaker.
Google announced the emergency calling under Nest Aware coverage expansion back in October 2019. Google said the expanded coverage to Nest speakers and displays and emergency calling will initially be available in the US only.