Amazon today announced its Echo smart home speaker can finally handle multiple users in such places as a household. Previously, Google added the functionality to its Home speaker, so it’s about time Amazon do the same.
With the feature, Amazon’s Alexa will be able to distinguish you from your significant other or even your kids so you won’t get the same music playback, calendar, or news briefing. It also helps in the case of calling someone from an Echo smart speaker so you don’t call your spouse’s mother instead of your own. According to an Amazon spokesperson (via The Verge), “today the feature is available for calling/messaging, flash briefing, shopping, and the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan, and it’ll be rolling out to additional Alexa features in the future.”
For now, users are limited to using the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show for multi-user access. Such things as a Fire TV or tablet can only handle one user at least for now.