Your Google Home speaker now supports up to six different users at any one time. Google Home will recognize each user’s voice, and deliver customized results accordingly. This is a feature Google Home devotees have been requesting since day one, and Google has finally acquiesced.
Google Home is, for the uninitiated, a smart home speaker similar to the Amazon Echo. The two are currently embroiled in a battle for control of the smart home market, although Apple is rumored to be working on its own competitor . The problem for Apple is the Google Home is getting better all the time.
Recognizing Multiple Users By Voice Alone
The latest addition to Google Home’s growing skillset is support for multiple users. Starting today, your Google Home speaker can be made to remember six different users, and differentiate them by voice alone. Each user can then customize their Google Home experience to suit them.
To make use of support for multiple users you’ll need to do the following. First, make sure you have the latest version of the Google Home app. Then look for the card which says “multi-user is available”. If you don’t see the card, click on the icon in the top-right, and find your Google Home from the list of connected devices. Then, click, “Link your account”.
After this it’s just a matter of teaching your Google Home to recognize your voice. To accomplish this you’ll need to repeat the phrases “OK Google” and “Hey Google” several times apiece. A neural network will analyze your voice, and be able to recognize you from then on.
A Clear Advantage Over the Competition
Support for multiple users is available from today in the U.S., and set to arrive in the UK in the coming months. This new feature gives Google Home an advantage over the Amazon Echo. While the latter does support multiple users, it cannot differentiate those users by voice alone.
Do you own a Google Home speaker? Have you been waiting for it to support multiple users? How many different people will you be setting user profiles up for? How do you foresee this feature changing your Google Home experience? Please let us know in the comments below!