Google is bringing a great Samsung calling feature to Android

Stock photo of Phone by Google app with dialer open

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TL;DR

  • Google has announced the ability to reply by text during phone calls.
  • This means you don’t have to speak during a phone call.
  • The feature comes a year after Samsung debuted Bixby Text Call on smartphones.

Samsung announced the nifty Bixby Text Call feature roughly a a year ago, letting you type out messages to a caller and have it be read aloud to them. This way, you don’t have to speak when taking a call.

“Plus, you’ll soon have the ability to reply during phone calls by texting a response that’s read aloud — making it possible to take calls without needing to hear them or answer with your voice,” Google explained in a blog post, without adding any more details.

Android text call: A big win for accessibility

It’s therefore unclear whether this Android text call feature will be restricted to certain regions for now. There’s also no word on supported languages (we’re guessing English, at the very least) or whether there are specific device requirements. It does stand to reason, however, that this isn’t a Pixel-exclusive feature given that this was announced as part of an Android Feature Drop rather than a Pixel Feature Drop.

Nevertheless, we hope this feature is widely available. This could be extremely useful for people with speech impairments or for those who simply don’t feel appreciate talking on the phone.

We’ve asked Google about the text call feature’s availability and device requirements. We’ll update the article if/when the company gets back to us.

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