Google has quietly confirmed that UK users will no longer be able to make free phone calls through Google Assistant speakers and smart displays starting in December.

Originally spotted by Android Police, Google support page shows:

ā€œ*Important: Starting in mid-December 2020, if you’re in the UK, you won’t be able to make Google- supported calls on your speaker or display. You’ll still be able to make audio or video calls through Duo.ā€

Currently UK users can ring landline or mobile numbers free of charge, however, Google offers no real alternative to this.