Latest Update for Google Home Gives It Upper Hand over Amazon’s Echo
Google Home is the smart speaker that gives you an account of your every day and completes tasks by voice commands. It is one nifty device to have at your home to keep all the services streamlined. However, the only limitation on the device was its support for just one user account, but Google has changed it now.
In its latest update, Google Home is getting multi-user support. This feature is currently limited to the users in the US but Google is expected to enhance the reach in the coming months. With this new update, Home users can train the device to recognise up to six different voices. It means that you can now connect different Google accounts on a single Google Home device. Multi-user support has made Google Home ideal for Home use as up to six family members can activate it with their voices.
Google has employed its artificial intelligence neural networks technology to bring multi-user support to its smart home speaker. The same technology is used for Google search and Google translate. For now, only one account per user can be linked to Home. You cannot link both work and personal accounts with the device, you have to choose one.
In a blog post about the latest update for Google Home, the company writes:
When you connect your account on a Google Home, we ask you to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" two times each. Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person's voice. 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. This comparison takes place only on your device, in a matter of milliseconds.
Now that Google Home has multi-user support, we wonder if Amazon Echo would also get it anytime soon. Amazon's team is tipped to be developing new features for the Echo, which will make it compatible with the third-party services. These services also include Google products that are not yet compatible with Google Home.