Google Duplex debuted last year as a way for you to use the Google Assistant to make reservations on your behalf. It was originally available only to a small group of Pixel users in select cities, but Google announced today that Duplex is expanding in a big way.
Google announced today that Duplex is now available on all Pixel phones in 43 U.S. states. The seven states that aren't included in this Duplex rollout are Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, and Texas. As for why Duplex isn't coming to those states right now, Google gave The Verge the following statement:
"As we continue to bring Duplex technology to more users across the country, we want to ensure that we carefully respect local/state laws. We’re actively working to reach full coverage, but don’t have a timeline to share at this time."
To use Google Duplex, you just say to the Google Assistant on your phone something like "Book a table for four people at [restaurant name] tomorrow night." The Assistant will then call the restaurant on your behalf and book your reservation. Once complete, you'll get a notification, an email update, and a calendar invitation.
Google says that for restaurants that already use an online booking service that partners with Google, the Assistant will work with Reserve with Google. You can find the full list of Reserve with Google partners right here.
Looking forward, Google is planning to expand Duplex to more Android and iOS devices in the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are the 43 U.S. states where Duplex is now available: