Amazon Echo v/s Google Home - Which Smart Speaker should you get?
Google and Amazon are now competing to smarten your home, and surely it is a battle of two giants with high-quality software and hardware. Many customers see smart speakers as expensive and beyond their budget, but the Google Nest Mini and the 3rd-Generation Amazon Echo Dot are two of the most affordable voice assistant devices. With a price tag of just around $49 (INR 2500 in India), both of these smart speakers are being lauded by tech enthusiasts. These are small gadgets that can control your smart devices and assist you with your daily tasks – all via voice commands.
The Smart Speakers Range
Amazon Echo Family
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Google Home Family
As intelligent personal assistants, they are all packed with cutting-edge services and features. They bring you new technologies for home automation and additionally allow you to listen to your music, control certain equipment, and home accessories, and even do some internet research. So which smart speaker should you choose and what are the differences? Let's take a closer look at both considering various parameters:
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Comparing the Voice Assistants
While Google’s Assistant is accessible to countless Android smartphone users, Alexa directly integrates with some partnering products using the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit. This allows many connected accessories such as headsets, smartwatches, and fitness trackers to have Alexa’s features and Voice Assistant technology built in. Google is the go-to choice for Chromecast users and additionally allows free calls using VoIP, while Amazon only allows calls through the Alexa App, or between devices.
Now Google can also help you find a lost smartphone and lets you use services such as hotel reservations, quizzes, and horoscopes. Both allow you to receive news, sports summaries, and weather updates along with the ability to set reminders, calendar events and more. With Alexa, you can set alarms, play games, and even order stuff on Amazon via voice-command.
Both Google and Amazon bring a ton of AI technology and 3rd party integrations to their smart speakers. In the case of Alexa, you can find compatible services on Amazon’s list of Alexa Skills. Connecting a compatible smart device to Alexa is as simple as connecting the smart device and pressing a few buttons on the App. There are a number of Alexa compatible devices including Smart Home switches, Speakers, TVs, Lights and more. Alexa additionally integrates with other Amazon services like Kindle and Audible as well, even offering to read kindle books aloud to you.
To connect a device to your Google Home, you have to select the device's manufacturer within the App and follow set-up process that varies from device to device. The Google Assistant can provide higher level of integration with Android devices – Phones, TVs, Smartwatches and more. Most 3rd party smart devices are compatible with Google Assistant as well. The great thing about Google is that once you sign in on the assistant device, you have access to almost all your Google account features over voice.
When comparing the Alexa and Google Home systems, Alexa is better for users who want the ability to control various smart devices and also do online shopping in addition to music and online searches. The Google Assistant is great for more natural conversation with the voice assistant, more detailed online searches and better connectivity to your Google services.
Both Amazon and Google offer several variants of their smart speakers. Depending on your budget and specific use case, you can choose from these.
Check out the start of the article for a break-down of all the variants of these smart speakers and where you can get them.
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