Alexa can also keep lists, but links them directly to your Amazon shopping account, making your shopping list a bit more efficient and useful than Google Home's. Check out our guide to the for more information. You can treat these devices as a person. It can be a real frustration with both Amazon and Google services. Technically, they cannot do all of the things that Siri can do on an iPhone - but they also live on Android phones - and Fire devices where they can do many of those things as well. Each technically, to some degree, is playing off its heritage.
You can also purchase them online, on sites like eBay. Calls and chats Tie: Can work as a household intercom system. In fact, HomeKit approaches the functionality of a smart-home hub. It's the gold standard in smart speakers, and the current generation Echo both costs less and looks better than the first model. However, I find Assistant the more natural of the two to use. The is a mini version of the Echo. Neither design is going to blow you away, and they now both have the swappable-base approach.
The test also noted how often each device did not understand the query and when the device tried to respond to the query but got the answer wrong The Stone Temple test was not a test of all the capabilities of both devices. If you like to dive into learning and configuring things for maximum power, Alexa will be a faithful companion on that journey. Many users report that Alexa can understand them better, and with her thousands of skills, she can perform far more tasks than the Google Assistant can. And, since it's tied to your Amazon account Prime or regular , you can order directly through Alexa. You can ask Alexa to reorder items from Amazon, or you can ask Alexa how far Pluto is from Earth. But failures of these systems have never stopped new innovations in the voice technology.
Amazon offers several other Alexa-enabled smart speakers in addition to the standard-model Echo: the smaller , which is a good choice if you want to connect it to your own higher-quality speaker system; the , with a built-in Zigbee smart-home hub; the portable ; and the video-enabled , along with the smaller and the fashion-focused. With an array of seven far-field microphones, advanced Bluetooth audio support and, importantly, a 3. The Echo uses an omni-directional speaker, while Google Home uses one primary front-firing driver with passive radiators on the side. The Home can recognize up to six people's voices and seamlessly switch between their accounts and preferences. I do it all the time. Most overall abilities: Amazon Echo Dot The breadth of what your assistant can do is important.
Now it can give me the phone number, too. According to estimates by the , Amazon has sold more than 20 million Echo devices. Lately, however, you've noticed a hole in your life; your home … it's too quiet, too disconnected, too lonely. That prevents Siri from giving your personal information to someone else, as well as avoiding multiple devices being triggered by one phrase. Additionally, you can also get the The Max and Mini are larger and smaller, respectively than the original Google Home model.
Home just opened volume settings and then did nothing else. However, while the iPhone worked fine, Siri on the HomePod couldn't handle reservations. For even better sound, get an Echo Dot and connect it to a good speaker. Get instead if you prefer more bass, even if voices sound less clear, or if you want to use it as part of a Chromecast multiroom audio setup. Both Google Home and the Echo link up to using their associated streaming sticks. Amazon Echo: Amazon's main Echo device is capable of playing music, giving you directions, ordering you an Uber, and a whole mess of other things. Alexa's at the bottom of the heap here.
With this, you can make high-quality calls for free to local mobile phones and landlines. Smarter Voice Assistants The and have received more upgrades over the past year than your average consumer gadget. Specifications While you could be forgiven for thinking that Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot are similarly-priced devices offering similar specifications, a dig into the spec sheets reveals some important differences. It tested the ability of each device to provide factual answers to questions. Alexa answered with a direct question, but only named one leader. There are many strengths of the Google Assistant. Alexa is better at voice recognition than Siri but requires you to memorize and use commands.
A budget-oriented , higher-end with an integrated speaker system, and video-enabled are also available. Out of all the questions that Google Home answered, 89. Where is the nearest supermarket? Perhaps ironically, the cheapest device gave me the best options for better audio. Google is working with partners to rapidly build out hardware integrations, but Amazon still has its nose in front. Skills and routines are a set of actions that each performs whenever it hears the command. Google has a Broadcast feature, which sends a recorded message out to all of the speakers in your home.
I'm the editor-in-chief of the investigative journalism focused YouTube channel, Point. Siri Extendability Built-in features are all well and good, but sometimes there's a feature you really want to add that just isn't part of the package. This was due in no small part to who can play your favorite music, tell you about the weather and automatically order products from your Amazon account. Winner: Amazon Echo Dot Audio Output While both devices support audio output, Amazon positions the Echo Dot more as a companion voice controller designed to be connected to a dedicated speaker like the Amazon Echo. One is better at its sensitivity and other is better at home automation. Video: Kyle Fitzgerald In practice, when we asked what the smartest dog was, the Home said it was the collie, while the Echo kept silent, probably out of respect for a hound dog that happened to be in the room. By contrast, Google Assistant has the distinct advantage of, well, Google.