Lagging but still moving: Siri might finally get one of the Google Assistant's most impressive features
Apple's HomePod finally launched earlier this year and was met with mixed response. Yeah, it looks fine, and it sounds great, but what about controlling it with Siri? One of the biggest user grievances with the HomePod was the fact that Apple's digital assistant can not differentiate between multiple voices. As a result, any house guest or any member of one's household can command the HomePod to read out one's iMessages or mail notifications.
For this very reason, many users straight up disabled that HomePod feature — it's better to have it off than put your privacy at risk.
In contrast, Google's Assistant can recognize up to 6 different people and give them customized, personal replies.
This includes being able to recognize each user by their voice, of course. However, there doesn't seem to be information on what the maximum number of supported users would be.
This means that one HomePod update in the not-so-far future might have voice recognition and you may finally leave "Personal Requests" on, confident that your Apple speaker won't be spilling the content of your messages to others.
source: USPTO via Tech Radar