Google Home's assistant can now recognize different voices

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Google Home now boasts multi-account support, enabling it to tailor responses for up to six people through individual voice recognition. To know if the feature is available to you, launch the Google Home app and look for a card that says "Multi-user is available". A neural network will analyze your voice, and be able to recognize you from then on. The speaker will finally be able to support multiple Google accounts, rectifying one of my biggest gripes with the device when I first reviewed it five months ago. This is a feature Google Home devotees have been requesting since day one, and Google has finally acquiesced.

A Home device can recognize up to six different users, which should be enough for most households.

Until now, though, the standalone artificial intelligence-infused $129 speaker - Google's rival to Amazon's popular Alexa voice-based Echo speaker - couldn't distinguish your voice from that of a spouse, partner or roommate.

Google said Google Assistant on Google Home should recognise you going forward and be personalised to you - from music to news.

"Starting today, I can-and so can you".

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That functionality will extend to personalised playlists, commute time, news briefings and other preferences established within the Google Home app.

When your account is connected to Google Home, you will be asked to say the phrases "Ok Google" and "Hey Google" twice each. Both companies are locked in a tight battle to capture users for their virtual assistant speakers, and there's not a clear victor thus far (in part because sales of both devices have been constrained to English-speaking countries). Each person can download the Google Home app and complete the set up process from their own device.

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Alexa will prompt you for the date and time of the event, as well ask for a name to label the event on your calendar.

It's a US-only feature for now, with United Kingdom users, who only just officially started to be able to buy Google Home, having to wait for the function at some stage down the track, or use English (US).

Despite the technological advance, Google's voice-distinction feature won't prevent unauthorized users from activating the assistant. Regardless, this puts Google Home slightly ahead of Amazon's Alexa, at least as far as security roll-outs are concerned.

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