Do you have a bunch of people fighting over the single Google Home in your abode? Google is about to restore the peace.
The Web giant today started rolling out a highly requested feature for its voice-powered speaker: support for multiple accounts. Now, up to six people can connect their accounts to one Google Home, and the speaker will recognize each person's voice and respond accordingly. The feature is launching today for Home users in the US, and should arrive in the UK in the "coming months," Google said.
So now, when you say "Okay Google, good morning," the speaker will tell you what's on your schedule for the day and how your commute looks instead of responding with information for your spouse, who set up the device.
To try out this feature, be sure you have the latest version of the Google Home app. Then, open the app and look for a card that says "multi-user is available." If you don't see this card, click on the icon in the top right to see all your connected devices. When you see your Google Home on the list, select "Link your account."
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From there, the device will ask you to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" two times each. Those phrases will be analyzed by a neural network that can detect the characteristics of your voice.
Through this process "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," Product Manager Yury Pinsky wrote in a blog post.
That way, in the future, "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 we can understand if it's you speaking or not," Pinsky explained. "This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds."
For certain features, such as personalized music and commute information, you'll also need to set up your preferences in the app.