When does Google Assistant recognize users?
The Google Home Developers Slack is one of the more useful places to chat with other devs building for Google Home and Google Assistant. The community’s pretty good and you don’t have people trying to show off or hawk their wares so much. It just seems a bit more chill. It’s nice.
Anyway, there are some Googlers in there, so it’s a great place to get information straight from the source. Like this tidbit:
I have also seen [a bug] from a Google Home when multiple people are interacting with the same Action, which is designed to be a group experience.
Brad Abrams, Product Manager at Google:
Ahh, the voice recognition feature of the google assistant is based on the the hotword (“ok google”). So once the hot word is said, the user ID is established and doesn’t change until the hot word is said again. Does that make sense?
This kind of thing is in the documentation, but seeing that the user object is “[the] user who initiated the conversation” is different than “the voice recognition feature of the google assistant is based on the the hotword” and the latter may click more easily than the former.
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