One of the biggest problems with digital voice assistants like Alexa and Google Home is that it’s hard to get truly a personalized experience in a multi-user environment when multiple identities are not supported. Google is set to address this issue with an upcoming update to its Home app.
The feature has been rumored for a few weeks after the folks at Android Police spotted some code in the app hinting at multi-user support. Today, the Google Home app for Android and iOS actually announced multi-user support, although someone appears to have jumped the gun as the functionality isn't live. The message, which appears in the app’s “Discover” tab, reads: “Now, you and other in your home can get a personalized experience from your Assistant on Google Home.
It’s unclear exactly how multi-user support will work, but the general expectation is that Home will be able to recognize different users’ voices and instantly leverage data from your calendar, emails, playlists and more without you having to open the Home app on a phone and manually switch.
Home allows users to get real-time answers including the latest on weather, traffic, sports, finance, local businesses, and more. Although unlike its Amazon rival, Google hasn't yet allowed third-party developers to publish applications that work with the device, it does feature some integrations that allow it to control your smart home devices, entertainment equipment, and place online orders.
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