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Google Home can now tell who's talking

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Abril, 2017, 03:13

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

Google's multi-user announcement follows a February report by Time indicating that Amazon is working on similar technology for its Alexa voice assistant. Google can play customized playlists, in addition to telling you about your schedule and commute.

The news of Google Home being able to support multiple accounts should not come as a surprise to close followers of the intelligent assistant. Just make sure you've got the latest version of the Google Home app, as that's required to set it up. The users can now link their Google accounts to the Home and train the Assistant for the sake of recognizing them by speaking wake words like "OK Google" or "Hey Google" a few times so that Google's neural network may learn to recognize the sound of their voice.

Does this news steer you closer to a Google Home purchase? But a new feature rolling out to Google Home looks to add a personal touch to the impersonal home speaker. Echo and Alexa lets multiple account holders integrate their music and Amazon shopping accounts, for example.

Multi User Feature is now starts rolling out in U.S. only. So if someone shares their calendar with you, or if your employer uses Google Apps for Work, you won't be able to add add these calendars to Google Home.

"Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person's voice", Google's Yury Pinsky explained today. So now, when you ask your morning commute, you'll get the info about your route and not your spouse's.

From there, the device will ask you to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" two times each.

One of the best parts of Google Assistant on the phone is that it is highly personalized to you.

Those people who aren't recognized users can still ask questions of the Home device, but it won't respond to more personal queries about things like users' calendar data.

Google Home: Where is multiuser support available? Google said it also plans to bring this feature to the United Kingdom in "the coming months".