Google Home Introduces New Feature

22 April, 2017, 01:22 | Author: Kristi Walker
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Up to six people can link their Google accounts to one Home device, then train Google's Assistant to recognize their voices.

While the idea of a smart assistant being able to recognize your voice may sound slightly off-putting to privacy-conscious consumers, Google says the voice analysis only happens on your device. By analyzing each phrase by a neural network, Google can pick out the defining characteristics of each user's voice.

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

Unlike Siri or Google Assistant, both of which reside on people's smartphones, smart speakers act as a hub, a central control panel that aims to help members of the household finish perform tasks or control smart home devices. Other features such as personalized commute and music playback can also be setup in the Google Home app. The individual voice profiles are the key here, with Google Home responding to queries and switching between accounts with no issues...at least that's how it goes in the demo video Google has shown off.

However, one shortcoming of this feature is as long as the microphone is turned on Google Home will not prevent an unauthorized voice from activating the assistant. This won't solve the "Burger King" problem of commercials being able to trigger the Google Home through your television. When one of them asks for their schedule or commute time it can then provide the information relevant to that person.

To set up multiple accounts on your Google Home speaker, you'll first need to grab the latest version of the Home app (found below).

I added that last bit of emphasis there; clearly Google is trying to avert creepy vibes with this feature.

Maybe this also opens up room for a feature that Google showed in its launch video at its I/O developer conference past year but also never launched: pro-active alerts.

Google says the six person auto-switching profile support for Google Home will roll out in the U.S. from today; you'll see an update in the Google Home app when it's ready on your own smart speaker. "We don't recommend that users rely upon voice identification as a security feature", said the company.

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