Google, originally known as BackRub is a search engine that begun development in 19966 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin as a research project at Stanford University to search for files on the web. Later, Larry and Sergey decided the name of the search engine has to change and decided on Google, inspired from the googol term. Later, the domain was registered on September 15, 1997 and the company integrated in 1998 on September 4. What makes Google stand out from the competition and helps it to continue to grow and the number one search engine is the PageRank technique, which sorts results. It also integrates a lot of its services, like Google Local and Google Maps to offer more relevant search results.
The Google Home is Google’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa. Furthermore, with the current news, it’s likely to get a multi-user support anytime now, if the messaging in the Google Home companion app device is any indication.
GOOGLE HOME NOW SUPPORTS MULTIPLE USERS
With Google Chrome, multiple users could now be supported. Now, everyone in the home could acquire a personalized experience from the Assistant on Google Home. Google first introduced the Google Home device during its yearly Google I/O developer conference last summer. During the time, it hinted at its plans to eventually add multi-user support to enable numerous people to access the individual calendars, acquire information on their commute and more via the device. The company is expected to provide consumers and developers an update on its smart speaker plans during this year’s Google I/O scheduled in the middle of May.
Furthermore, an update to Google Assistant today also means that shopping lists would no longer be saved on Google Keep. Instead, it would port over to Google Express or Google Home applications. The move aims for consolidating shopping-related voice commands into one place as well as sets Express up to more widely offer order as well as delivery functionality through the Home. Google added the functionality earlier this year, with over 50 Google Express retail partners, which include Staples, Costco, Walgreens and Google Store of course. Google Express typically requires a membership fee or a per-delivery charge. However, it is waiving the costs until the 30th of this month for purchases made via the Home. For those who have a running list on Google Keep, it’s necessary to see the contents ported over to Express of the Home application starting now.
The multi-user support is a feature that users have long desired. Until now, Google Home can be linkie4d to just one specific user’s data, music and other accounts. Recently however, a card was spotte4d on the Home application, which suggests the connected speaker would support various users soon. The message that could be seen in the ‘Discover’ tab of the application tells users that they and others in the home could now get a personalized experience from Assistant on the Google Home. The feature is the most recent sign by the search giant, which signals that multi-user support possibly is on the way and would come soon. A tear-down of the code of the application previously has disclosed that the feature was in the works. Also, executives of the giant company have confirmed that the feature would be coming soon to Google Home.
The support website for Google Home declares that it is not launched officially yet. The announcement is to inform that it is lets users know about the next updated that the company would release that will allow multiple users. Moreover, the company states that users would get notifications and the latest app updated as soon as it’s released. At present, the Google Account settings page states that the device only support one account. The setting page reads that ‘the default Google Account is the account you used to set up Google Home. Currently, Home supports only one Google Account per Google Home device’. The word ‘currently’ indicates that soon this could change.
For home assistants such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa, multi-user functionality is very relevant, as these services could tap into all types of personal accounts, which include email, music and more. Just imagine each person in the home having a separate Google Home, which does not make sense at all. Devices such as the Google Home are created to be used by numerous people, rather than one single person. Nonetheless, things could get a bit complicated, since users have different needs and preferences. Google believes that adding a multi-user support can address these concerns. By adding the feature, Google wants to build a service that’s more personalized as well as caters to more of people’s preferences and needs. Hopefully, the new feature would also mean that the Assistant on Google Home is catching up to the one on mobile and will probably start to give options that previously were inaccessible because of privacy or security concerns, like sending messages, making calendar and setting personal reminders.