Google Home Set to Get Multi-User Support Soon
Google announced its smart speaker Google Home last year, and because of its promising technology, there's also a lot that still wants to be incorporated. Early adopters mostly nagged about the inability of Google Home of differentiating between voices of different people in one home. Looks like Google is heading feedback, and is looking to add multi-user support feature, an app teardown of the v1.21 update for Google Home reveals. The update also brings along a few signs of progress like alarm and timer checks and individual voice recognition.
Android Police spotted signs in the newest version of the Google Home app that recommends the company is working on multi-user support. The code also comprises references to a device being able to “recognize your voice” and needing to be trained, which advises that user switching could happen by Google’s device identifying who’s speaking.
Google declined to comment on whether it’s adding multi-user support when asked by The Verge, but it presented this brief statement: “We continue developing new experiences for Google Home, but we don’t have specific updates to share at this time,” a spokesperson said.
As we mentioned, Google Home version 1.21 brings a way to check alarms and timers set on Google Home, and delete them if required. This attractive feature is hidden well inside the app, but if we really want to get there, head to Devices in the Navigation drawer, find our device, Choose Settings > Alarms and Timers. This section lets you adjust the volume, choose the music of the alarm, and even delete them if we want to. However, there is no way we can modify an existing alarm on the app. The Google Home app update for Android users should arrive via OTA on Google Play.
It’s worth keeping in mind that Google’s multi-user support could be very early in development, and it’s totally possible nothing will ever come of it — we’re just starting at about a dozen lines of code, after all. But it surely seems like something is in the works, which is good news for anyone with a Google Home and several people in their house.