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Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Multi-account support is rolling out today for Google Home users in the US, and will expand to the U.K.in the coming months. Today Google announced that its smart speaker can support up to six different accounts on the same device. So, when you ask Google Assistant for help going forward, it'll be able to distinguish your voice from your son's or husband's or daughter's or roommate's and switch to the right account. By analyzing each phrase by a neural network, Google can pick out the defining characteristics of each user's voice. The comparison takes place inside your Google Home, in a matter of milliseconds.

The functionality is now only available to users in the USA, but Google said that it plans to expand user recognition to the U.K.in the coming months. The big drawback to the six-month old Google Home is that it lacks some of those available in Amazon Echo, which premiered a year earlier.

You'll also need to set up your preferences within the Google Home app (such as personalized music and commutes).

Download the Google Home app from the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store, depending on if you have an Android phone or an iPhone.

Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo.

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Google Home received a major update to its voice recognition system on Thursday that lets owners set up the smart speaker to recognize multiple account holders.

To learn your voice, Google Home will ask you to speak the key phrases that "wake up" the device. This is finally a chance for Google to rectify things and add all those features Home was lacking at launch, and indeed Google has included a few new features.

That said, the company also noted the voice feature isn't yet foolproof.

Although Google Home impressed us upon an early review, it has struggled to live up to the functionality of the Amazon Echo, which is now further along in its development.

To connect an account in Google Home, there will be a card - likely the card we saw pop-up briefly last week - and then select "Link your account". Tapping one of these messages will start the method of teaching Assistant the personalized voice.


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