Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

The real kicker isn't just that Google Home can now keep tabs on more than one person, but that it can do so instantly by recognizing your voice.

Although I'm the only one in my household who actually uses the Google Home, I believe this is a massive step forward for the home assistant device to receive its due attention.

The update is rolling out to all U.S. Google Home users and will expand to the United Kingdom, where Google Home only recently launched, in the coming months.

A user can link his or her account through the Google Home app.

It's a helpful update for users who live in multi-person homes, and the feature gives Google a boost over Amazon in personalizing virtual assistants, as the Echo still doesn't have voice recognition.

Moreover, you can set your personalized music and commute through the Google Home App. Google Home will respond with "Good Morning [name]", and then rattle off the weather and calendar appointments.

To set up the new feature, users will have to hop in to the Google Home app, which should have a new option for "multi-user" support on any connected Google Home connected to your network.

After connecting their accounts, each user will have to go through the usual hotword training, reciting "OK Google" to the device three times.

However, it's not clear what kind of content will - and won't - be available in multi-user mode.

Still, leaving your kids alone with Google Home might not be your safest bet.

You'll get someone else's schedule, news, and music preferences. Right now, Google Home is mostly a passive device that waits for your commands. With Google Home, often being a shared device, it can be tricky to balance privacy and personalization. But if you didn't set up Google Home with your Google account (maybe it's set up under your son's account), then you won't hear results that are meant for you. Every time someone activates Google Home, a neural network (in other words, a type of software that gets better over time) will perform an analysis that compares the voice input to those initial setup recordings. This was made known today by Yury Pinsky, Product Manager Google Assistant in a blog post.