Amazon Echo vs Google Home

Amazon Echo vs Google Home. A Battle between renowned virtual assistants.

Amazon Echo vs Google Home
Amazon Echo vs Google Home

In this advanced age, the greatest and perhaps the most successful business trend is, “Making life easier”. Tech giants have been at war against each other due to this concept for over a decade now. In this race of creating something authentic and out of the box, many awesome things were created and are being created as you are reading this line. All smart and fancy gadgets we see today are a result of this business strategy.

A new war on a new front

Profits were soaring and everything was going great for all the tech conglomerates. And then in 2014, Amazon raised the bar and launched an advanced AI Virtual Assistant named Alexa. Launch of this product started a new war in the AI field. Every tech giant started developing AI gadgets in order to keep up with the market. Gadgets like fitness trackers and smartwatches are a result of this war. Amazon became the uncrowned king of the AI market after Alexa. Until one day Google decided to take part in the mighty war and so, they launched Google Home in 2016. So today, we’ll talk about Amazon Echo vs Google Home. Where Google is the most powerful and largest internet-related company and Amazon is the world’s biggest e-commerce giant.

Amazon Echo vs Google Home Project Alexa

At first, Dave Limp who is an executive in amazon thought it was just a long shot. The project was complicated and the idea wasn’t vivid. But still, amazon saw a bright future behind the idea and so, they started working on this project. Project Alexa had to wait a long time due to all the conflicts in the organization regarding its market appeal. But eventually, it made it to the market after all the tough screening and long discussions.

Alexa Features

Alexa’s artificial intelligent algorithm is making it smarter and better every single day. Alexa’s sales are rising continuously because of all its updates and the latest features. We’ll talk about what Alexa has to offer as a smart virtual assistant.

1. Controlling appliances through voice command

Alexa can control every home appliance connected to it. All you have to do is order Alexa to do turn on or turn off an appliance and it will be done instantly. Following is a list of things that you can control through Alexa.

Door locks: You can ask Alexa to lock or unlock the door for you.

Lights: Turn on or turn off lights using your smart servant Alexa

Thermostat: Adjust the room temperature through Alexa.

2. Direct Connectivity to a cell phone.

Sending a text or making a call was never this easy before. Just tell Alexa to send a text or make a call and it will be done instantly. You can block unwanted telemarketing calls or annoying contacts through Alexa as well.

3. Get Live News reports from Alexa

God no, Alexa can’t become a news reporter and report news (well, at least not yet) but it sure can keep you updated from news all over the globe. Alexa’s direct connectivity to the internet makes daily life a hell lot easier. Want to hear news? Or want cooking tips? Just ask Alexa and you’ll get instant results. Not only this, but you can also do the following things:

Search music

Get health tips

Look for translations in different languages

Conversions of currency etc.

4. Control your smart TV

Say adios to remote — you can control tv through your voice by using Alexa. It takes a while to get Alexa and the television in sync but trusts me, it’s definitely worth it.

You can:

Browse channels

Open Netflix

Turn off and turn on the tv

Pause a video

5. Train Alexa to be smarter

When I say train, I don’t mean teaching Alexa how to play dead or shake hands. I mean creating custom commands and teaching Alexa to respond to them.

There are still some aspects that need improvement in the Amazon Echo. There are some sites that don’t allow Alexa to access them. Also, the connectivity of Alexa with all the appliances costs a lot of cash so it definitely isn’t very cash efficient.

In Amazon Echo vs Google Home, we have seen what Alexa can do as an advanced AI virtual assistant. Now we’ll see what Google home has to offer as an AI virtual assistant.

Amazon Echo vs Google Home. Project Google Home

Google jumped in the war of AI gadgets in 2016, after they launched Google Home. Google Home is basically a smart speaker connected to Google’s virtual assistant. Google home as an edge over Alexa because of Google’s massive search engine on its back. Let’s see what Google home can do to make our life easier.

1. Home Automation

Home automation is the most basic feature of Google Home. You can control all your home appliances connected to Google home, through voice command mode.

2. The time machine feature

No, it is not going to take you back in time but it can bring news from the past. You can ask Google what the headline was for any day in the past till 1851. This feature is all thanks to the New York Times’ massive database. Google Home searches for the news from the New York Times’ archives and reads it for you.

3. Check road traffic on different routes.

Google home monitors traffic conditions on every route of the city. Just ask Google which route would be perfect to avoid traffic. Google will not only tell you the traffic condition, but it will also tell you the shortest route to your destination.

4. Tell me something good

This is an exciting new feature in Google Home. Just say “Okay Google, tell me something good” and Google will look for some good news on the internet and will deliver it to you. It’s still an experimental feature but Google is working to perfect this feature.

Amazon Echo vs Google Home. Who won?

If we compare in terms of features, then I’d say that there’s not much difference between both assistants. But if we talk about which one is smarter, well, that’s another story.

According to a recent stud on AI, it is said that Google Home can answer more questions than Alexa. In this study, they asked 3000 different questions to AI-infused systems and found out that Google Home answered to 72% questions and Alexa, on the other hand, gave answers to just 13% questions.

Who do you think won this battle? Let us know by your comments.

  1. Tell me something good

This is an exciting new feature in Google Home. Just say “Okay Google, tell me something good” and Google will look for some good news on the internet and will deliver it to you. It’s still an experimental feature but Google is working to perfect this feature.
Amazon Echo vs Google Home. Who won?

If we compare in terms of features, then I’d say that there’s not much difference between both assistants. But if we talk about which one is smarter, well, that’s another story.

According to a recent stud on AI, it is said that Google Home can answer more questions than Alexa. In this study, they asked 3000 different questions to AI-infused systems and found out that Google Home answered to 72% questions and Alexa, on the other hand, gave answers to just 13% questions.

Who do you think won this battle? Let us know by your comments.

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