GOOGLE’S HOME GETS PER­SONAL

Regina Leader-Post - - FP REGINA -

Google’s voice-ac­ti­vated as­sis­tant can now rec­og­nize who’s talk­ing to it on Google’s Home speaker. An up­date Thurs­day en­ables Home’s built-in as­sis­tant to learn the dif­fer­ent voices of up to six peo­ple, al­though they can’t all be talk­ing to the In­ter­net-con­nected speaker at the same time. Dis­tin­guish­ing voices will al­low Home to be more per­sonal in some of its re­sponses, de­pend­ing on who trig­gers the as­sis­tant with the phrase, “OK Google” or “Hey Google.” For in­stance, once Home is trained to rec­og­nize a user, the as­sis­tant will au­to­mat­i­cally be able to tell him what traf­fic is like on his com­mute, or list events on his daily cal­en­dar. Then an­other user could get sim­i­lar in­for­ma­tion from Home, but cus­tom­ized for her. The abil­ity to dis­tin­guish voices may help Home siphon sales from Ama­zon.com’s Echo, which fea­tures its own voice-ac­ti­vated as­sis­tant, Alexa.

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