Google Home now supports multiple voices and profiles

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Google Home Multiple Users

Credit: https://blog.google/products/assistant/tomato-tomahto-google-home-now-supports-multiple-users/

Google has upgraded Google Home with ability to connect up to six accounts. This was made known today by Yury Pinsky, Product Manager Google Assistant in a blog post. This upgrade means multiple users in the US can train their Home hubs to recognize different voices of up to six people. That’s not all, the app now has the ability to keep profiles of every one of them.

“Starting today, I can—and so can you. We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home. So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish my voice from my wife’s and I can hear my own personal playlists, my own commute time, my own schedule and more,” Pinsky said.

Getting started is quite easy; first step is to make sure you have the latest version of the Google Home app. Once you have the latest version of the app, look for a card that says “multi-user” is available [of course, this card clearly indicates that you have the very latest version]. However, you can still click on the icon in the top right to see all of your connected devices if the card is not in the top right. There you will find Google Home from the list; select “Link your account.”

The real task of teaching the service how to recognize or identify your voice and distinguish it from any other member of the family or friend:

From there, you’ll teach your Assistant to understand it’s you, not your partner, family member or roommate—and vice versa, based on who’s speaking. For certain features, like personalized music and commute, you’ll also need to set up your preferences within the app” Pinsky added.

Google Home Multi_user_animation_1

Credit: https://blog.google/products/assistant/tomato-tomahto-google-home-now-supports-multiple-users/

When your account is connected to Google Home, you will be asked to say the phrases “Ok Google” and “Hey Google” twice each. The two phrases will then be analyzed by a neural network that has the ability to detect certain characteristics of a person’s voice. 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.” The sound of your voice is then compared to the previous analysis so the Assistant can understand the exact person speaking. The comparison, according to Yuri, “takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.”

You can use Home to train your assistant to recognize each of the different voices—and of course, it can start addressing each person found in its records by name.

Video Credit: https://blog.google/products/assistant/tomato-tomahto-google-home-now-supports-multiple-users/

The feature has started rolling out to users in the US today; and all things being equal, users in the UK can expect to start using it in the coming months, Google promised.

It is a good more, and one that will encourage more people to start using the service. It also places Home in a better position to compete with the likes of Amazon Echo and Apple Siri.


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Author: Ola Ric

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