Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

Google's voice-activated assistant, Google Home is now able to understand who is speaking to it. Thanks to a new update released yesterday, it can recognize up to 6 voices. Those phrases will be analyzed by a neural network that can detect the characteristics of your voice. This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.

The feature rollout comes to the USA first and will expand to the U.K.in coming months, Google says.

Google Home was first introduced in the USA back in November 2016. Finally you set up your preferences, in the app, for some features like personalized music and commute info.

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. However, to switch between accounts on Echo, users must specifically tell Alexa to do so while Google now automatically tells the difference between different voices. With this new feature, he said, it's worth keeping in mind that Google will have even more specific information about you, which could be used in ways that consumers may not realize - particularly if it's combined with other information tied to your Google account. Google Home may mis-identify a user's voice and accidentally reveal the surprise party you've been planning for months, or the romantic date with a close friend you've been hiding from your roommate.

Lutron has added Google Assistant to its list of technologies from which users can control their lights using voice. Now that the multi-user feature is available, you can add new users by tapping the "Multiple users now supported" card or by going to the Devices area of Google Home (in the top right-hand corner of the app or the sandwich menu in the top left-hand corner).

Google's voice-distinction feature, however, won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant, as long as Home's microphone is turned on.

As shown in the video below, after a man asks about his day, Google Home lets him know that traffic is bad on his route.

Maybe this also opens up room for a feature that Google showed in its launch video at its I/O developer conference a year ago but also never launched: pro-active alerts. You can also click the icon in the upper right corner, find your Google Home, and select "Link your account".

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