As for the bit about call recording, state laws vary as to whether it legally requires the consent of just one party (which can be the party actually doing the recording) or all parties. Google says it will follow the law. "We feel like, in some sense, this issue of recording calls has already been out there in society, and states have decided how to handle it," says Scott Huffman, a VP for engineering with the Google Assistant. Google's approach, he adds, is to "follow the laws and standard industry practice around these things." Translation: that means that the Assistant could technically make a call in certain jurisdictions and not say the call is being recorded.