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Google Search update now lets you designate contacts as mom, dad, etc

A new back-end Google Search update brings the ability to call or text your contacts simply by saying their family designation: mom, dad, sister and so on.
February 11, 2014

Today Google has announced it is bringing a new feature to Google search, giving us the ability to mark specific contacts as our children, wife, mom, dad and so on. Basically the feature allows you to say “call dad” or “call wife”, and Google will start dialing.

The new functionality is all about making it easier to call or text our family members and supports all sorts of relations including cousins, nephews, aunts, uncles and so on. If you have more than one person for each of these categories, it will open a sub-menu asking specifically which one you wish to call/text.

It’s important to note that the new feature doesn’t require an update to Google search, as Google has enabled it on the backend. You will need to say something like “call dad” in order to opt-in and set up the feature, however.

Although this feature isn’t exactly a game-changer or all that exciting, it is nice to see Google continually evolving its Search capabilities, making our lives just a tad bit easier in the process. Of course, if you’re like me, that means you are now going to have to edit your contacts so your parents names are more than just ‘mom’ or ‘dad’.