Hexbyte – Tech News – Ars Technica | Google Call Screening: a personal robot that talks to, hangs up on spam calls

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Launching on Pixel 3 family in US, coming to other Pixel phones “next month.”


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Google Call Screening sample image shows the kinds of replies your assistant can speak out loud—unless you just choose to hang up and report a call as spam.

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As expected, Google’s Tuesday hardware announcement event came with a few announcements of software- and AI-driven features and products. One of those, like last year’s Duplex, sees Google handling phone calls on your behalf. This time, instead of targeting businesses and restaurants, Google is aiming its robots’ lasers at robocalls and phone spam.

Google Call Screening, which will debut on the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones in the US, has been announced as an “on-device” feature (as opposed to something driven by Duplex) that phone users can turn on when a phone call arrives from an unrecognized number. This will pick up the call and have a Google Assistant voice speak a prompt:

“Hi, the person you’re calling is using a screening service from Google, and will get a copy of this conversation. Go ahead and say your name, and why you are calling.”

Whatever the caller says in response will appear as a voice-to-tex

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