Your Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users

By adding multi-user support, Home, which is powered by Google Assistant, can recognize up to six different users' voices and provide them with information that's specific to them.

While the idea of a smart assistant being able to recognize your voice may sound slightly off-putting to privacy-conscious consumers, Google says the voice analysis only happens on your device.

Users simply say "OK Google" and "Hey Google" two times each, which are analyzed by a neural network that is created to recognize certain characteristics of a person's voice. Then users are tasked to link their Google accounts to the smart speaker and train it to recognize their voices by barking the familiar "OK Google" or "Hey Google" trigger phrases twice.

As anticipated, Google officially announced in a blog post that its popular Bluetooth speaker - the Google Home, has gained multiple users support.

Ever since the launch of Google Home, it has garnered huge response in the US (November 2016) and Europe (in April 2017 in UK). Google Home can also order items from more than 50 retailers across the United States by voice and set flight tracking alerts. Rumors that Alexa was going to implement voice recognition have been swirling for some time, but it appears that Google beat them to it this time around. When properly set up, the new and re-vamped Google Home "only gives out personal details to the targeted user but still works for simple searches and requests for other users", which is a huge relief for parents with precocious, home hub-friendly kids.

Google's voice-distinction feature, however, won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant, as long as Home's microphone is turned on.

Google Home is finally equipped with one of the most anticipated features its users have been demanding for since its introduction previous year.

Google take on Echo and Siri with "Home" and "Assistant".

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

When you open the app, look for a card that says "multi-user is available".

The process of training your Google Home to understand different voices is pretty straightforward. Living in a house with multiple people meant you either had to share things like calendar and music accounts or get multiple Google Home speakers.

  • Patricia Jimenez