Google Home – Answer to The Amazon Echo.

Google Home vs Amazon Echo

 Google just announced its Answer to the Amazon Echo – the Google Home

 

Just like with Echo, you can tell Home with the voice function, to add a calendar event, set the temperature of your thermostat, or stream your favorite song. Google Home looks like it will be a useful, versatile product, but Amazon Echo has been around since 2014, and I can say from experience that it aces its roles as a personal assistant, music hub, and smart-home control point.

Google Home vs Amazon Echo

Now Google also wants to try.

Google has some obvious advantages, mostly because it’s Google: a company that has been indexing the web and everything you do on it for more than a decade.  

Google Home vs Amazon Echo

GOOGLE HOME VS. AMAZON ECHO Parameter Comparison from CNET

GOOGLE HOME VS. AMAZON ECHO

 

Google Home

Amazon Echo

Price

Unknown

$180

Responds to voice commands

Yes

Yes

Always listening

Yes

Yes

Wake word

“Okay, Google,” maybe more later

Alexa,” “Amazon,” or “Echo

Music streaming options

Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others

Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others

Smart home partnerships

Nest, unknown third party products

Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other devices via “Skills”

Customizable appearance

Yes

No

Output to stereo system

Yes, via Chromecast

No (yes w/ Amazon Dot)

Synced audio playback to multiple devices

Yes, to any Google Cast device

No

Personal assistant highlights

Add items to calendar, make a shopping list, make a to do 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

Other features

Unknown

Order a pizza, play a game, arrange an Uber pickup. Echo has an ever-growing list of 900+ skills and counting

 

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