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It’s listening!
Google Home has been on the market for several months now, but it still feels like an unfinished “beta” product.
It’s supposed to be the Google Assistant in a box, but it’s still missing a ton of functionality compared to Google Assistant on a smartphone.
It’s also not nearly as functional as its rival, the Amazon Echo.
It looks like Google is finally gearing up to fix this situation, with the company recently declaring that “multiple users now supported.” Multiple users aren’t actually supported yet—but given that the featured just popped up in the app, we’d guess it’s coming soon. Google was not immediately available for comment.
Multiple-user support might not sound like a big deal, but the feature should unlock a bunch of other features that Google Home users have been waiting for. Multiuser support also means that user authentication is coming, which will finally let Google Home access your personal Google data.
As a “publicly accessible” device open to anyone in earshot, Google Home is not able to access any personal data.

That means it is locked out of a lot of standard voice assistant commands like setting reminders, creating calendar events, or taking notes.
If you ask Google Home to do almost anything that requires it to access personal data, it will respond, “I can’t do that yet.” This is in contrast to the Amazon Echo, which assumes that anyone speaking to the device is a trusted user.
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