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Amazon Updates Echo Smart Speaker with Multi-User Support

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.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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