Tag Archive: Calls

How Echo Connect Lets You Make, Receive Calls Using Alexa

It’s Alexa Calling, though a landline.

Don’t overthink the Amazon Echo Connect. While the name is somewhat confusing given it lives alongside Amazon Alexa and Amazon Echo, the Connect really just another avenue for Alexa Calling. (OK, that’s one more name you need to know, and thus adding to the confusion.)

Here’s the real deal: Alexa Calling is the method by which an Amazon Echo device can make phone calls. It uses the internet to do so but  [Read More…]

Google Phone v17 introduces chat heads feature during calls

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

As much as I loathe Facebook Messenger, one of the app’s best features is Chat Heads. The ability to quickly open and hide conversations in a small bubble that lives on your home screen is extremely convenient, and the latest v17 update for the Google Phone adds its own take on this.

After downloading the new update, leaving the Google Phone app during an ongoing call will result in a “chat  [Read More…]

T-Mobile offers free data and calls in South Korea during the 2018 Olympics

Starting February 7 and going through March 20.

The 2018 Winter Games are just around the corner, and while I’ll personally be watching from the couch in my living room, there are a lot of folks that’ll make the trek to South Korea to watch in person. An international data plan is typically required to stay connected whenever traveling aboard, but T-Mobile is giving its customers free unlimited data and calling during the entire competition.

This offer  [Read More…]

You can make Duo calls to Android phones that don’t have the app installed

This might be the most important Duo update ever.

If you want to make video calls on an Android device, Google Duo is easily your best bet. Google’s added a lot of new features and improvements since its release in 2016, but like any other communications app, it’s faced the same issue of forcing you to encourage your friends and family members to actually download it so you can talk to them.

The folks at Android Police  [Read More…]

Lead Google Duo engineer teases group calls, web app, and more

Group calls in Duo might finally be a thing.

Although it still isn’t quite as popular as Apple FaceTime, Google Duo has quickly become one of the best video/audio calling apps around. Google’s pushed out regular updates to the app since its debut less than two years ago, and Duo’s lead engineer recently teased a few upcoming features we could see later in the year.

On January 9, Justin Uberti posted a Tweet promoting Duo video calls  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo devices can now make free calls in North America

All Amazon Echo devices can now make free calls to the US, Canada, and Mexico without any additional hardware.

Amazon has been adding a steady stream of features to its Echo device family dating back to the release of the first Echo back in 2014. In May, the company announced the ability for Echo owners to make free calls to any Alexa-enabled device, including smartphones with the Alexa app. Now, Amazon is expanding that even further.

AFTVnews  [Read More…]

Amazon’s new Echo Connect brings landline phone calls to your Echo

A device that plugs into your standard phone jack (given that you still have one of those) and turns your Echo into a landline speakerphone.

At Amazon’s surprise press event on Wednesday, the company revealed a new addition to the Echo family: a call-centric device dubbed the Echo Connect.

On one side, the Connect plugs directly into your landline phone jack. On the other, it connects to your Echo device. This will allow you to  [Read More…]

U.S. carriers offer free calls, texts and data after Hurricane Maria and Mexico City earthquake

Carriers are offering free calls, texts and data following Hurricane Maria and the latest Mexican earthquake.

As Hurricane Maria continues to make its way along the East Coast of the United States (after already destroying numerous Carribean islands), AT&T and T-Mobile have announced they will be waiving fees for calls and text messages sent to affected areas, as well as offering unlimited calls, texts and data to customers inside the affected regions. We have not heard if Verizon or  [Read More…]

How to block calls on the Samsung Galaxy S7

Unwanted calls becoming annoying? Block them on your Galaxy S7.

Between all the texts, emails, and other notifications you get on your phone, phone calls are usually the most intrusive. That’s why unwanted phone calls sometimes make our blood boil. Luckily for Galaxy S7 users, they are easy enough to block.

How to block all anonymous calls on Galaxy S7 How to block specific numbers on Galaxy S7 How to block a contact on Galaxy S7

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Google Home is now able to make phone calls in the US and Canada

Back in May during its I/O 2017, Google announced you’ll soon be able to make calls using the Google Home speaker. Well, the functionality is rolling out as we speak, but for the time being, only users in US and Canada will be able to take advantage of it. Now you can simply say “Ok […]