One interesting thing about the Google Assistant is that users based in the United States can as well as pick a different language. If you have the Echo Show, Look, or Spot, you can use these features to video-chat as well, at no additional charge. Google Home Hub owners can also control all of their smart home devices from the on the display screen. Google Home Music Section Amazon Echo Music Section One problem that both speakers suffer from is the issue of sometimes being unable to hear keywords when playing music or other audio. However, Google Assistant Home support is coming in the future.
In the case of Amazon's Echo line, you're speaking to Alexa; in the case of Google's Home line, you're speaking to Google Assistant. Both products support the biggest names in the smart home world, including the Nest thermostat, Samsung SmartThings and Philips Hue lights. The all-new Amazon Echo Dot has improved audio and a softer design, and you can connect two for stereo sound. Set-up for both is very simple — all it takes is an app download to your phone or tablet and password inputs for a WiFi network. While the Google Home suffered a more than a few barbs regarding its resemblance to a certain brand of air freshener, there was a clear attempt to visually differentiate the device from other tech in the home. However, buying a smart speaker also means buying into its accompanying voice platform, which complicates things a bit.
And the default search engine is Bing. While more and more appliances feature connectivity, it can be hard to tell which ones work with Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, and the like, let alone what these integrations actually do. It can be a real frustration with both Amazon and Google services. Besides, you can get a much-better-sounding for that price. When Night mode activates, the sounds will be reduced and the indicator lights on the speaker will be dimmed. Check out our guide to the for more information.
Assistant is context-aware, so conversation should be more natural and less like a stilted list of commands. Third-party speakers and other gadgets are starting to integrate both digital assistants, but most smart home buyers are likely to buy a Google or Amazon speaker first. If you want an incredibly loud, clear speaker with voice control, the Home Max is for you. A study that investigated how the Google Home and Amazon Echo do while answering questions found that the Google Assistant answered more correctly and made more attempts to respond to questions than Alexa. Or should we try to compete with Alexa? I expect that we'll see faster improvement from Google's digital assistant over time than we will see from Alexa. The Echo has a 3. We rated both devices on price, responsiveness and overall skills.
Both units have microphones with far-field technology, which promises to pick up your voice from across the room or down the hallway. In this, both devices perform quite well. However, the interaction with Google Assistant appears to be more natural. We'll be testing both extensively to see which device is the better communicator in practice. Keep in mind the Tap model does not feature voice activation, so you'll need to press a button if you end up buying that. Smart-home control Winner: Supports more platforms and products. Calls can be made to any contact in your address book, or to phone numbers found in local search results, such as a takeaway restaurant.
Works as a Chromecast speaker for supported apps, and has Bluetooth capability. Of course, Google Home will likely add a lot more of these kinds of features in the future, but for now the Echo takes the cake when it comes to all the random stuff it can do. String commands together When using a Google Home speaker, you can group two commands into a single sentence. We asked Alexa to tell us the weather. But, they have to ask one question, wait for an answer and so on. Related: Google Assistant vs Alexa — First-party hardware The most common way to interact with Google Assistant or Alexa is through a smart speaker. Or you might expect it to act as a conductor of your home, with you dolling out simple, instructive commands.
Google Home Mini: Like the Dot, Google Home Mini is an extension device. So, Google Home appears to be the smarter device. With Google Home, you can use your voice to control video on your television via your Chromecast. Among many other things, Google has rolled out support for , and a. Winner: Amazon Echo Dot Ease of Use The new Echo Dot wrapped in sandstone sits next to the Google Home Mini and the previous generation of the Echo Dot.
This is unsurprisingly reminiscent of Google Now's contextual awareness, and it certainly gives Google Assistant an advantage over Alexa, if you can have more natural interactions with Google's devices. Google has a growing number of products. When Amazon Web Services went down for a few hours, so did Amazon's Echo devices. An always-listening device makes it much easier for a family to control the smart home. In addition to the confusing voice control offerings, there are also Whirlpool integrations with Amazon Dash and Nest. Both the Echo and Google home offer countless performable functions, some of which they approach the same way, and some of which they approach completely differently.
The Echo has multiple wake word options, but only one female voice. But, there are some limitations. It shows they're not just investing in the partner side of things, they're investing in people to show off the value of what these devices can do. On the Google Home, the entire top surface is a touchpad and it relies on finger gestures to control everything, which are easy to grasp. As we did with round 1, we split the battle into three categories -- entertainment, personal assistance and smart-home control -- to see how the two devices stack up. In addition, you can browse over 5 million different recipes on your phone, then send them to the Home to guide you through them.
The Google Home does not. That being said, Amazon does offer multiple versions of its Echo to suit multiple users. You can treat these devices as a person. Google Home is more natural to converse with and a little smarter out of the box. As Google is more of a tech company and is Amazon more a retail company, I am not surprised by this.