Google Home gaining multi-user support with specific voice recognition

One of the most common complaints about Google Home is that it lacks real support for multiple users. Your notifications and information aren’t really personalized to you, which is completely fine if you live alone (or are the only one using it) but it’s really frustrating if you’re in a house with multiple people that all want to use it. And hey, there’s a Google Home sitting on a table, who wouldn’t want to use it every chance they got?

Fortunately for all of us with friends, families, and highly intelligent house pets, Google is officially rolling out multi-user support to Google Home units starting today.

When each person adds their Google account to Home, it asks to be trained to work with their voice. The phrases it asks you to repeat are analyzed by a neural network, and from then on whenever it picks up on the hotword it will compare your voice to the voice that’s stored and attached to your Google account. So when you ask Google about your calendar for the day, it’s going to know that you are asking and will read off your calendar, and no one else’s.

There are a couple small catches here, however. First off, this only supports six users, so in case you have a really big family or frequent guests, someone’s not going to be able to take advantage of the feature. It’s also US only at first, with a UK rollout coming in the next few months.


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid and an unhealthy obsession with fixing things that aren't broken. This accidentally led to being the go-to guy for anything more complicated than a toaster, which he considers more of a curse than a blessing. Jared is enrolled in online classes at the University of Phoenix, and spends his spare time on video games and listening to music.