If only we all could listen as closely as Google Home can listen. Starting today, Google’s voice-activated internet-connected speaker got a simple tweak that will go a long way in harnessing the device’s full potential: It can now distinguish between six different human voices, and pair them with the associated Google accounts. One of Google’s smart-hub devices can now handle up to six members of a household individually, serving each of them their personalized information.
Multiple people in a household can “talk to” their shopping lists, podcast subscriptions, commute information, Uber account, and daily schedules. The video above shows what that looks like in practical terms.
This feature rolls out in the United States today and around the world and will land in the United Kingdom “in the coming months.” Before your friends, family, and roommates can act out such finely scripted marketing in the real world, they’ll need to train a neural network to recognize their voices. Fire up the Google Home app, where you’ll see a notification stating that “multi-user is now available.” The app will walk you through the setup process, and Google Home will then be able to recognize who’s speaking within “a matter of milliseconds.” It’s a shot over the bow at competing products like the Amazon Echo, which does not differentiate between voices.