The tech world has seen many players but when Amazon once again tried to conquer new grounds it was once again very successful by launching its smart speaker the Amazon Echo. This was a digital assistant out there to make your life way easier than it already is. The smart assistant Alexia was one of the best digital assistants out there. Google Home then tried to take the cake.
It was a smart speaker that would respond to your voice commands, play your favorite music and control your smart home compatible appliances. It was such a success that Google followed. Having an ordinary history with hardware. Google jumped into new waters with only one big major player to beat. Google then came up with Google Home its version of a smart speaker. Google always had the advantage of being a search engine giant and it used it in its Google Home like a true Silicon Valley player. It offered the same capabilities as well. Being a smart home controller, a voice assistant and a music player.
There is a price difference though among the two speakers. The Google Home costs for $130 and Amazon Echo costs around $180. There is also another way to get your hands on Alexia at only $50 you can purchase the Amazon Echo Dot.
Both the speakers are responsive to their respective voice commands to wake them up. This is applicable over a moderate distance as well. Google Home responds can work with Google Chromecast Audo and control your TV via Chromecast video player as well. Amazon Echo has an implementation with the Fire TV but you have to press a button on the remote for the always listening speaker to respond.
Both speakers tell jokes, play games and can respond to movie lines in a witty way. Alexa is more refined in games and has more fun extras than Google Home but Google Home with its more practical features like grouping your speakers and controlling your TV makes it a great deal as well.
Google Home vs. Amazon Echo
|Always available listening||Yes||Yes|
|Wake Command||OK, Google||Alexa, Echo, or Amazon|
|Music streaming||Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn||Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others|
|Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, IFTTT||Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other devices via “skills”|
|Output to stereo||Yes, via Chromecast||No (yes with Amazon Dot)|
|Synced audio playback to various devices||Yes, to any Google Cast device||No|
|Personal assistant standouts||Search Google, get a personalized daily briefing, check traffic, check your calendar, make a shopping list, check flight status, track a package||Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to do list, check flight status, track a package|
|More features||Cast to your TV with Chromecast, launch and control YouTube via Chromecast||Order a pizza, play a game, arrange an Uber pickup. Echo has an ever-growing list of 900+ skills and counting|
We would recommend our users to buy the Amazon Echo because of its excellent all around capabilities and features. The headstart has really helped Echo take the lead. One thing’s for sure, competition can only help make these smart assistants better.
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