The new feature has been created to make a profile out of your voice's pitch and tone and differentiate it from the rest of the household. Now, Google Home multi-user support is now rolling out to all countries on which the Home is being sold in. One thing's for sure: we'll find out very soon. The speaker will be going up for sale in December (the same time as Apple's HomePod) for $399 in the USA, and will be heading to other countries early next year.
Google's miniature version hones down last year's Home into a smaller design, but with all of the smarts. The device can even know what music you want to play if you hum it right or speak a part of the lyrics! The prompt you need is "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" and the smart speaker will spring to life.
Google, besides launching its Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL smartphones, launched two new speakers with Google Assistant. You might not have been interested in smart speakers until now, but if you got one free with your new phone, you'd try it out, right? It'll be read aloud in the Google Assistant voice instead of your own voice, so it's not simply broadcasting a simple voice message. It also supports "Voice Match" technology, which recognises different voices of users and shows customised results.
As for music, it can play from Spotify (and several other streaming services), YouTube Music, Google Cast, and 3.55mm audio input.
The new, larger Home speaker is clearly meant to be an answer to critics who suggested the original Home lacked good audio quality (myself included) by providing something for users who care more about sound. It won't even make fun of you for listening to "Drops of Jupiter" by Train or anything. Finally, this is is still a full-fledged member of the Google Home product family in the sense that it's compatible with the Google Assistant and hence just as capable of helping you perform everyday tasks, discover information, and manage your IoT devices as its predecessor was.