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Google Home can now tell users apart just by their voice

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Today, Google is shipping a major update for Google Home: multi-user support. Up to six people will be able to connect their account to Google's voice appliance, which will then be able to identify each person just by listening to them speak. The Google Home app jumped the gun on this launch earlier in the month, but now the feature is actually rolling out. After connecting their accounts, each user will have to go through the usual hotword training, reciting "OK Google" to the device three times. For future commands, Google Home will then call out the name of the person it detects before it gives a response.


Google lets you book an Uber from within Maps - even if you don't have ride sharing firm's app on your phone

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google Maps doesn't just want to show you where you going, it wants to help you get there. Users can now search, browse, request and pay for Uber rides directly from the Google Maps app using'ride service mode'. Even if the Uber app isn't installed on the device, users can still access the ride sharing service by logging in or creating an account from within Google Maps. Users can now search, browse, request and pay for Uber rides directly from the Google Maps app using'ride service mode'. Even if the Uber app isn't installed on the device, users can still access the ride sharing service by logging in or creating an account from within Google Maps Google Map's new version lets search, browse, request and pay for an Uber rides directly from the app.


The iPhone switcher's guide: Move from iOS to Android and keep all your stuff

PCWorld

So you've decided to switch to Android. We can't say we blame you--as you'll soon see, the grass over here is as green as our bots--but we know that starting from scratch can be a scary experience. There's all sorts of information on your old iPhone that you're going to want to transfer to your new one, and let's face it, Apple isn't exactly going out of its way to help. Whatever your reason for getting your head out of the iClouds, we're here to support you through this difficult break-up. And before you can say "no headphone jack" we'll have your new phone up, running, and packed with all the stuff you were afraid you'd have to leave behind.


Google brings personal safety and battery updates to Pixels

Engadget

Google may have pushed back the Android 11 beta launch again, but it still has some new features for Pixel phone users. The company is announcing a set of updates today that promise to extend battery life, improve your sleep and give more people access to safety tools during emergencies. The most timely of these is the rollout of the Pixel 4's Personal Safety app to all Pixel devices. The existing version of the app will let you share medical information with first responders, set emergency contacts and send a short message with your current location to them. On a Pixel 4 and Pixel 3, the system will be able to detect when you've been in a car crash and alert emergency services in your area. Those are the only two devices compatible with this feature for now.


Google's redesigned Voice app is better at juggling your calls

Engadget

Google recently added Voice to its enterprise G Suite, and the revamped app has now arrived for iOS users. As suggested by the redesigned icon (which strongly resembles the Hangouts Dialer icon), its main job is to give users calling features via standard telephony over and above what you'd expect on regular apps. As such, it can do things like email you about missed calls, transcribe messages, enable "do not disturb" based on your working hours and access contacts stored elsewhere in G Suite. The main differences with the previous version of Google Voice are the aforementioned G Suite integration (though you can still use it for personal accounts in the US) a new design, a Contacts tab, and performance improvements. As before, Voice will transcribe voice messages, let you filter out spam, and backup or search calls, text messages and voicemails.