Google Home App Update Shows Signs Of Multi-User Support

The latest version of the Google Home app brings with it the ability to view and manage your Google Home alarms and timers. Not only can you view the various alarms and timers that are set, but you can also now adjust the volume for alarms and timers to a different volume that is used for other Google Home audio features, all through the app. The new feature can be found under the ‘Alarms & timers’ tab, which itself can be found by heading into the ‘Device settings’ section of the app settings.

However, what is likely far more interesting with this update, is not what is included, but what might be included in a future update. A recent teardown of the Google Home app by Android Police has revealed that this version of the app includes the starting point for a massive improvement to Google Home - support for multiple users and individual voice recognition. Which would mark a significant improvement to the current status quo where only one Google account can be linked to one device at any given time. At present however, there are very few details on this besides the understanding that more than one user will be able to set up their Google accounts on Google Home and the device will be able to recognize between individual voices and respond accordingly. As there are only trace amounts of references being noted in the app’s code, there are no suggestions that the feature is anywhere near ready for a public release. Instead, this simply marks the first noted code-level references. Which does mean, if nothing else, multi-user support is one step closer.

In the meantime though, if you would like to be running the latest version of the Google Home app (v 1.21) then it was recently updated through the Google Play Store and therefore, should be en route to devices imminently. However, you can speed up the process a little by downloading the APK through the link below and sideloading it to your device in the usual way. Otherwise, expect to see the update arrive in due course, if you have not already.

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John has been writing about and reviewing tech products since 2014 after making the transition from writing about and reviewing airlines. With a background in Psychology, John has a particular interest in the science and future of the industry. Besides adopting the Managing Editor role at AH John also covers much of the news surrounding audio and visual tech, including cord-cutting, the state of Pay-TV, and Android TV. Contact him at [email protected]
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