Google Duplex is designed to help people book a table at a restaurant without actually talking to anyone.
Google first showed off Duplex at the company’s developers conference, Google I/O, in 2018. There was some initial hesitation at first, even with the on-stage demo that seemed to work pretty well. However, Google assured folks that disclosure was built into the product. Whether or not that has been the case with every single call made by Duplex is unknown, but Google seems confident.
The company has just announced today that it will be bringing the Duplex feature, which works along with the Google Assistant, to even more Android and iOS devices “over the next few weeks”. No specific timeframe just yet, but for anyone who has been eager to give Duplex a shot, the wait might finally be dwindling.
In addition to that, Google also confirmed that the Duplex feature is now available to use in 43 different states in the U.S. on its Pixel smartphones. Here’s the company describing how it works in its announcement:
“All it takes is a few seconds to tell your Assistant where you’d like to go. Just ask the Assistant on your phone, “Book a table for four people at [restaurant name] tomorrow night.” The Assistant will then call the restaurant to see if it can accommodate your request. Once your reservation is successfully made, you’ll receive a notification on your phone, an email update and a calendar invite so you don’t forget.”
Google says it will continue to “incorporate feedback” as Duplex rolls out. The fact that iOS users are about to jump into the fray is pretty exciting, whenever the launch finally happens. Check out how it works in the video below.
Are you planning on trying out Duplex when it arrives for iOS devices later this year?