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Google Home can now recognize as many as six voices, give personalized responses

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Google Home is finally equipped with one of the most anticipated features its users have been demanding for since its introduction last year. It has now developed the quality of distinguishing between different voices and then replying to them with a personalized response. Previously, Google Home only supported a single user account, which meant you could only fetch information about one person’s calendar. Well, as long as someone lives all alone, this feature is perfectly fine, but if somebody joins you as a roommate, some trouble is inevitable.

The update is rolling out in the U.S. initially. Therefore, with today’s update the Google Home can belong to six people. So, from now on it will be the Google Home, and not your better-half, providing information regarding your day’s schedule. Similar stuff will happen with playlists, shopping lists, travel plans and other personalized information.

The process of training Google Home about six different voices is completely straightforward. Once the system begins to support this update, you will be able to see  a card in the Google Home app that tells you that “multi-users is available.” 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.

Though Google has not made any comment on this prospect, there is a possibility that this new feature could be the starting  of incorporating some of Google Assistant’s features like  creating notes, reminders and events that are currently missing on Home. Those features will be completely vague if it supports only a single voice.

This may also prove to be the beginning for the introduction of all those features which Google displayed in its  I/O developer conference last year but never introduced. 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.

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  • If you look how Google has done multiple accounts versus Amazon you can see the core difference between the two devices.

    The Echo has a code you use for different accounts and the Google Home (GH) just uses your voice.

    The Echo is really more of a computer interface and has you do the work and the GH is intelligent and far more human in how it does things.

    Really love the voice authentication with the GH as it makes so many use cases now possible.

    For example, in our home I prefer some of my kids to be unable to lower the AC thermostat. Now I can have some able to when they ask the GH in the kitchen and others are not able to. But no awkward passcodes, etc.

    The other is I am fine with guest able to do some things and then others I only want “privileged” users to be able to do. With the Echo it was trivial for people to learn the passcode. Now with the GH I say it and it will work and they say it and it will not.

    But everything is like this with the GH versus the Echo. A huge one is the Echo has commands you memorize and the GH you just talk to it like a human.

    So a little kid can use the GH as well as a grandma. Kind of like Google Search. Same text box for a 5 year old as a rocket scientist as well as grandma. Exactly how technology should be. Why on earth should we still have to use passcodes?

    Amazon needs to replace the foundation of the Echo to have intelligence if they want to be competitive.