Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users and Can Recognize Your Voice
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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. But thanks to an update today, now it can recognize up to six people.
That’s a pretty big deal for a device that’s supposed to be a central part of your home. Previously, if you asked it to do something like read your agenda it would only be able to refer to a calendar for a single Google account. Which means that your family, friends, partners, dogs, and cats would all have to share the same calendar if more than one person wanted to use the device. Today’s update lets you add up to six people so that everyone can talk to the Home and actually get personalized responses. I wouldn’t expect perfection, though; you train it by repeating the phrase “Okay Google” or “Hey Google” a few times, but inevitably it will probably confuse people’s voices.
Confusing different voices isn’t that big of a deal because Google is still pretty skittish about actually doing things to your Google account through the device. Reasonably so; you don’t want anyone within earshot to send emails on your behalf. Having multiple accounts would especially complicate such features, but hopefully future updates will make the device able to actually do more.
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