Remember when Bluetooth enabled speakers came onto the market? With the evolution of technology, we’ve been able to have the luxury of small tech items that do huge things. The next debacle we’d like to address: Amazon Echo vs Google Home–which is better? Are you team Alexa or Team OK Google?
Amazon Echo vs Google Home: Which is Better?
Both Amazon and Google have different versions of their Home Assistants. Amazon has the Echo, Echo Plus, and the Echo Dot. Google has the Google Home, Home Plus, and the Mini. All of the above have had aesthetic upgrades since their previous generations. A great touch by designers is the cloth/wood veneer covered exteriors, giving the technology a more sophisticated, sleeker look and feel.
Let’s get down to it, the basic functions of both the Amazon Echo vs Google Home are essentially the same. Their product descriptions are fairly similar:
Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. All you have to do is ask.
Google Home is a hands-free smart speaker power by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google, always ready to help. Just start by saying, “Ok Google”.
What’s important to us and to you is how they differentiate from each other. Both products are hands-free, voice-powered machines that have an Assistant feature to help with questions and follow basic commands.
Notable differences between Amazon Echo and Google Home are:
- Google Home allows you to upload your personal music to the cloud so you can listen to that in addition to compatible music apps.
- Google Home’s sound quality is better, but you can also find Alexa on other third-party speakers, such as Sonos.
- Google Home is better at understanding your voice; its AI is more intuitive because well, Google.
- Amazon Echo is better at controlling your home and there are many more ancillary products that you can use with it.
Echo and Alexa-enabled devices let you voice-control thousands of different smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs, thermostats. You can find a comprehensive list of Alexa & Smart Home devices here. Amazon has more compatible products to integrate into your Smart Home than Google Home, for now. To make the most of your Google Home, take a look at the Google Home Apps and Partners.
What may ultimately determine which is better for you is, are you an Amazon or a Google person? Do you use Amazon Fire TV and are addicted to your Amazon Prime account? Or, do you have a Google phone and Chromecast and don’t particularly care to have a Dash button to order essentials on the fly? Also, do you have a lot of smart home devices you would like to control or is that not a priority?