Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google Home now supports multiple users

Google Home now supports multiple users

Google Home is a challenger to Amazon ("amzn") Echo, a connected speaker that does much of the same thing.

One of the biggest limitations of Google Home, Google's voice-controlled speakerbot, was that it couldn't tell anyone apart so all your requests were centered on one Google account.

When setting up multiple users on Google Home, the most recent version of the Google Home app will ask to hear you say "OK Google" and "Hey Google" a few times when linking your account to the smart speaker.

Once you've updated the Google Home app, you'll see a card that says "multi-user is available" when you open the app. So even if you don't create an account for your guests or your children, they'll still be able to ask it to do things such as answer questions, set timers, or play videos on a Chromecast. From that point on, the Google Home device will access neural network to compare sound of your voice to its previous analysis so it can understand who is speaking - and it only takes a matter of milliseconds.

Despite the technological advance, Google's voice-distinction feature won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant.

It's a welcome feature that addresses a potential nuisance - and is a stunt Alexa can't yet pull off on Echo devices, though Amazon no doubt is at work trying.

One of the best parts of Google Assistant on the phone is that it is highly personalized to you. With that said, we're just getting started and we won't be ideal.

Thoughts about multi-user support on Google Home?

Unlike Siri or Google Assistant, both of which reside on people's smartphones, smart speakers act as a hub, a central control panel that aims to help members of the household finish perform tasks or control smart home devices. It will expand to the United Kingdom in the coming months. The problem for Apple is the Google Home is getting better all the time.

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