Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

You can add up to 6 different users voices in Google home now, which means up to six people direct Google home to perform tasks. From there, you'll set up Google Home by saying "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" so that the speaker can link your account to your voice.

Google's networks will then analyze your voice to determine its specific characteristics and save them for your account. New developments in Google's smart home hub are now working against this, in order to keep your wallet a little safer.

Unfortunately, this feature rollout, while useful, still doesn't fix one of Google Home's biggest flaw: being limited to only one calendar, the main calendar associated with your Google profile. This is freakish - you can add multiple Google Calendars to Amazon Echo's Alexa but not Google's own Home!

Change what Google calls you by choosing Personal Info, then Nickname.

There are many benefits to such hands-free control; you don't have to get out of bed to turn the light off, for example, nor do you have to walk across the room if you're busy doing something else.

Google explained how it works in a Thursday blog post: "When you connect your account on a Google Home, we ask you to say the phrases "OK, Google" and "Hey, Google" two times each". Now that multiple accounts can be used at once, the Google Home is a much more of a family-friendly device. The setup process has you say the "OK Google" and "Hey Google" hotwords twice each. Both companies are locked in a tight battle to capture users for their virtual assistant speakers, and there's not a clear victor thus far (in part because sales of both devices have been constrained to English-speaking countries). Google Home will still listen to unregistered voices when asked for things like facts and games.

After teasing users with multi-user support last week, Google has today announced the feature is live and will support up to six users.

Google notes that this multi-user support is available only in the USA for now, with the United Kingdom getting the feature in "the coming months".

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