Google Home Now Supports Multiple Users

Posted on April 20, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, Hardware, Mobile with 16 Comments

Google announced today that its Googe Home digital personal assistant appliance now supports multiple users, answering one of my key complaints. I believe it is the first such device to offer this support.

“We’re adding the ability for up to six people to connect their account to one Google Home,” Google product manager Yury Pinsky explains. “So now when I ask my Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish my voice from my wife’s and I can hear my own personal playlists, my own commute time, my own schedule and more.”

This support was leaked earlier when users caught sight of it in the Google Home (formerly Chromecast) app. It works as you might expect: You have to train the app to differentiate your voice from the voices of other connected accounts, and then it will differentiate between you going forward.

Google says that multi-account support in Google Home will start rolling out today in the U.S. And it will expand to the U.K. in the coming months.

Well, that’s another nail in Cortana’s coffin. Anyone over at Microsoft worried about this at all? Anyone?

 

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