From PC Magazine:
This could be the year that Amazon Echo and Google Home replace your smartphone—at least when you’re at home. Reports indicate they might soon be able to handle voice calls.
According to the Wall Street Journal, adding the ability to make and receive calls is high on the list of forthcoming features, and it could happen this year.
The big difference between Google and Amazon in this regard is that Google does have an advantage in the form of Google Voice. Voice already offers voice calls, text messaging, voicemail, and call forwarding features, so Google could just hook Voice up to Home devices. Amazon does not have an equivalent service to simply bolt on.
Link to the rest at PC Magazine
While PG is a big fan of both the Echo and the Echo Dot and has a few sprinkled around Casa PG, he’s not certain if he wants his cell phone hooked up to them. He thinks he prefers to call up Alexa when he wants something rather than having Alexa initiate contact.
But he could be wrong and will check out the service when it appears. Amazon may add some compelling features that PG doesn’t anticipate.