Google has announced that its Home speaker hub, powered by the company's digital Assistant, now supports multiple users. The new feature uses voice recognition to distinguish between up to six people whose accounts are connected to a single Google Home speaker, allowing the Assistant to offer personalized information, music playlists, and other features for each individual.
Each user will have to link their accounts to the Home speaker via its companion app, and will then have to train the device to recognize their voice by saying the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" twice.
"Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person's voice," Google's Yury Pinsky explained today. "From that point on, 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 it can understand if it's you speaking or not."
Multi-user support for Google Home is beginning to roll out for users in the US from today. The company said that it will expand that support to the UK "in the coming months." Google Home went on sale in the UK two weeks ago, priced at £129, following its launch last year in the US, where it costs $129.