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Google Home gets an edge on Alexa with multi-user support

21 April 2017, 03:10 | Jodi Jackson

The latest addition to Google Home's growing skillset is support for multiple users.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker. Google doesn't think the technology is necessary on phones because most of those devices are password-protected and are usually used by just one person.

The functionality is now only available to users in the USA, but Google said that it plans to expand user recognition to the U.K.in the coming months.

You can link up to six accounts to the Google Assistant built into the Home via the Home app.

After connecting your account through the Google Home app, multi-user support will now respond based on the voice profile of users allowing individually tailored responses for queries like "Hey Google, tell me about my day". Those features didn't make much sense on a device that, while inherently communal, but could only recognize a single voice.


The new Google Pixel phone is displayed next to a Google Home smart speaker, left, following a product event in San Francisco on October 4, 2016.

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. We'll also take a look at what features an Apple speaker may include. Every time someone activates Google Home, a neural network (in other words, a type of software that gets better over time) will perform an analysis that compares the voice input to those initial setup recordings.

You'll get someone else's schedule, news, and music preferences. If you don't see the card, click on the icon in the top-right, and find your Google Home from the list of connected devices.

Change what Google calls you by choosing Personal Info, then Nickname. Regardless, this puts Google Home slightly ahead of Amazon's Alexa, at least as far as security roll-outs are concerned. Google said it also plans to bring this feature to the United Kingdom in "the coming months".



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