Google on Thursday announced its Home speaker now supports multiple users. In other words, it can distinguish between who is talking, providing users with an experience just for them.
The speaker will support up to six users, so long as you connect your account and have the latest version of the Google Home app. Once you do that, users are required to speak certain phrases—Ok Google and Hey Google—which essentially teaches the speaker to recognize individual users.
“Those phrases are then analyzed by a neural network, which can detect certain characteristics of a person’s voice,” said Yury Pinsky, Product Manager, Google Assistant. “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.”
If working correctly, Google Home will provide users with their own personal playlists, commute times, schedules, and more. Before, Google Home was tied to the account of the person who set the device up.
Google says multi-user support will roll out today for users in the U.S., and will expand to the U.K. over the next few months.