Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Google Home Can Now Recognize Who's Speaking to It

Google Home Can Now Recognize Who's Speaking to It

What's more, Alexa can perform more tasks than Google's offering, so it's not as if Alexa or the Echo are being usurped as the voice assistant of choice for your home. Those phrases will be analyzed by a neural network that can detect the characteristics of your voice. Only one speaker can connect to your Google account, check your calendar and allow you to add new events.

While there are benefits to having home hubs distinguish different voices, there are also some privacy implications to think about. Anyone in range of the Google Home will still be able to use its non-personalized features. Today's update lets you add up to six people so that everyone can talk to the Home and actually get personalized responses. Here's how Google Home prevents kids from ordering things - because, seeing as a 6-year-old ordered an $160 dollhouse on Amazon Echo recently, this is something we apparently need to account for in the smart house age.

The latest addition to Google Home's growing skillset is support for multiple users. This feature notably wouldn't have stopped the Burger King ad that hijacked users' Home speakers and get them spouting off about the fast food chain's hamburgers. Then, look for a card that says "multi-user is available" and if you can't find it, click the icon in the upper right to locate your connected devices, and make sure to link your account.

The Web giant today started rolling out a highly requested feature for its voice-powered speaker: support for multiple accounts. Lowe's Iris is the most exciting device on the list, however, because having full access to it means that Google Home can control anything that it can control.

The new capabilities should be available to Google Home users in the United States starting Thursday and will be available in the UK in the coming months. Whereas voice recognition is a definite help, even Google admits that it's not the be-all-end-all where security is concerned.

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