Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Elizabeth Williams
April 21, 2017

Google Home may finally have a solution to children "hijacking" the device to buy stuff.

Google Home now supports up to six different accounts, and users can switch to their own account simply by speaking to the device, Google announced Thursday. Well, this problem ends today. Google Home is presently a passive device which only responds to the users call, and unlike the Assistant, it doesn't provide notifications regarding the time to leave of office, for example. Once the analysis has been successfully completed, Google Home will be able to compare the sound of your voice to its previous analysis anytime you say "Ok Google" or "Hey Google". Setting up recognized users requires that people log into the speakers using Google's Home app for iOS and Android.

Users will be asked to say "Ok Google" "Hey Google" twice so that those phrases can be analyzed by a neural network to detect certain unique characteristics of a person's voice.

Among the first things you might ask the cloud-based voice activated Google Assistant inside Google Home is to "tell me about my day".

Go to the Google Home app to set up your preferences. It's unclear if Google has any plans to implement that functionality in the future.

Virtual assistants just got a lot more personal. Its smart speaker is rapidly catching up to Amazon's popular Echo range of devices, and multi-user support bumps its speed up a notch in the race.

Google: How does multiuser support work?

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.

Does this news steer you closer to a Google Home purchase? And specific features, like personalized playlists, must be set up individually. The same can be said of Osram lights jumping on the Google Home bandwagon.

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