24 April 2017
Google has officially announced that its smart home speaker, Google Home, now supports multiple users. To be more specific, Google Home now supports six different voices and can recognize the difference between multiple voices once trained. It will now provide information based on the voice it hears according to each person’s calendars, services, and preferences.
To give you an example, if two persons living in the same house ask Google Home “What’s on my calendar,” you both will receive your personalized answers provided the Google Home has been trained and multiple account support has been added.
First of all the users need to train the Assistant to recognize their voice in order to set up multi-user support. For this they need to download the Google Home app via Play Store. The users can also set up their own preferences for music etc. Google will then use its neural networks to identify the voice.
Google described the new support via a blog post:
“When you connect your account on a Google Home, we ask you to say the phrases “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” two times each. Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person’s voice. From that point on, any time you say “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” to your Google Home, the neural network will compare the sound of your voice to its previous analysis so it can understand if it’s you speaking or not. This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.”
The multi-user support is being rolled out in the United States today. It will then gradually make its way to the UK over the coming weeks.