Google is taking another step towards better privacy management. Starting today, Mountain View is offering a range of connected speakers in the United States a new feature called “guest mode” (“Guest mode” in English). As the name suggests, this allows your guests to use their Nest Audio or Nest Hub Max without actually having to access your personal data and reports The edge.
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If connected speakers are extremely practical in everyday life, They still have one major flaw: their confidentiality. This is especially true for Google speakers. After syncing with a Gmail account, all you need is simple voice commands to manage the appointments in your calendar, access your address book, etc.
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If you’re the only one using your speaker, you’ll be fine. On the other hand, it can be a lot more disturbing when an overly teasing guest is having fun exploring your Nest Audio or Nest Hub Max’s features. It’s an answer to this problem that Google started “guest mode” for its connected speakers.
A voice command is sufficient to activate it: ” Hey Google, turn on guest mode ». Since then, verbal interactions, dictated by your guests, take place, without being saved in your personal account. This means that your history will not be affected and the speaker will not take these requirements into account when personalizing the assistant. Even better, Guests also cannot access your calendar or address book.
However, you can still access most of the features of your speaker: play music, Look for a recipe on the internet, and even control other connected devices such as sockets, light bulbs and switches. Likewise and surprisingly, the Nest Hub would still be able to hold video conferences.
Note that this feature is not infallible, as a single voice command is enough to disable it. It has at least the merit of being there and allowing its users greater security when they receive guests in their homes. Currently, only North American (and English speaking) users can use guest mode. It will take a little more patience before it arrives in France.