So two phrases is all this needs. Good to know. Allowing only registered users to use it might stop things like that burger king tv add that supposedly triggered Home.
Does this mean my voice can be used to finger print me? All i need to use is google voice function on my phone twice or maybe not even that if its listening? Seems like it. Thought I don't know what this will mean. Gait, sentimental and voice analysis seems kinda scary.
Maybe this new neural network backed detection for Home will improve upon Trusted Voice.
And of course, once you're a certain size (that Google passed more than a decade ago), you pretty much lose the opportunity to ever start over from scratch on this sort of thing. You're dealing with legacy systems forever.
The idea that comes to the top of my head would be controlling lights and appliances in the house. You don't have two completely different sets of lights and appliances in one house just because there are two users, it's the same set of things for both. But that means now you have to know that both users are sharing X while some other thing (such as a Gmail calendar) may be individual to each user.
I have something called "google assistant" on all 3 devices, and none of them have even close to the same capabilities or UX flows for media playback, so I basically don't even bother using it because it's just frustrating.
Even my kids every morning fight over which Bob Burgers episode from Netflix they are going to watch with the Google Home (GH) and Chromecast.
The issue is when connecting with the app, and attempting to enter a password, the app freezes, and then force quits. Making it impossible to actually enter a password to connect the TV to my wireless network. Luckily, the WPS option works, even though it's a bit hidden.
I've tried using the app with a Nexus 6, Nexus 6P and a Pixel! There is also no on screen keyboard for the Youtube app. The only way you can search is with voice, which is not the most ideal thing to do all the time.
As of the most recent update to the TV in January, casting has become rather intermittent. Generally I must hard restart the TV before my laptop or a my phone can properly connect to the TV. The Netflix app also randomly starts and takes over control of the TV even while in the middle of running another application.
I love my Android TV, but it's a bit absurd. I now have a Chromecast Ultra connect to my TV that I use most of the time, it also allows the Google Home to use the TV.
ps: google employee
The Echo has a code you use for different accounts and the Google Home (GH) just uses your voice.
The Echo is really more of a computer interface and has you do the work and the GH is intelligent and far more human in how it does things.
Really love the voice authentication with the GH as it makes so many use cases now possible.
For example, in our home I prefer some of my kids to be unable to lower the AC thermostat. Now I can have some able to when they ask the GH in the kitchen and others are not able to. But no awkward passcodes, etc.
The other is I am fine with guest able to do some things and then others I only want "privileged" users to be able to do. With the Echo it was trivial for people to learn the passcode. Now with the GH I say it and it will work and they say it and it will not.
But everything is like this with the GH versus the Echo. A huge one is the Echo has commands you memorize and the GH you just talk to it like a human.
So a little kid can use the GH as well as a grandma. Kind of like Google Search. Same text box for a 5 year old as a rocket scientist as well as grandma. Exactly how technology should be. Why on earth should we still have to use passcodes?
Amazon needs to replace the foundation of the Echo to have intelligence if they want to be competitive.
Wherein, only a crippled experience is offered.
I'm so ready to purchase Google Home and a Pixel device, but because I only have Google Apps accounts both are limited in what they can do.
It's great saying "it's the software and not the hardware", but when the software is crippled for a set of users, that's not great.
Maybe that's been possible longer. Maybe it doesn't mater with cameras everywhere. It's just a sign of where we're going.
PS: Not complaining either. It's a useful feature
Every time I hit the "Multi-user is now available" button to set it up, a white box opens and then immediately closes. Even tried linking it to my SO's phone and configuring setting up multi-user from there, but it doesn't seem to be an option on her phone yet. :/