Google home vs amazon echo : which one you Should buy

The Google Echo is slightly taller and comes in a sleek black. A blue ring at its top glows when you are interacting with it. Google’s Home, on the other hand, is a bit squatter with a white top molding with four colored lights on it. The bottom half of the Home can be customized with various colors to match your style.Google home vs amazon echo

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Google home vs amazon echo

For my taste, I like the look of the Echo better. It just looks sleeker. But the Home will give you more options that could make it easier to mesh with your decor.Google home vs amazon echo

Google home vs amazon echo: Conversational commands

The way you interact with both smart speakers is, of course, by voice. For the Echo you are talking to Amazon’s assistant, Alexa. On the Home you are interacting with Google Assistant, which is basically a voice given to Google’s powerful search engine. The fact that Home doesn’t have an assistant with a human name is a bit of a turn off. Why? When you’re speaking in your home it’s nice to think you are talking to something like you instead of a cold computer mainframe.

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The Echo includes a volume wheel that you spin to turn the volume up or down, and the mute button sits right on top of the device, as well as a button to activate or cancel Alexa. That’s pretty much it.

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. With it, you can play or pause music, adjust the volume, and activate Google Home to begin listening. However, the microphone mute button sits on the back of the device, which is a slightly awkward place for it.

Google home vs amazon echo: Media abilities

Another area where Home wins is in its media capabilities. Like the Echo, Home can stream from a number of music services including Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and others. However, the Echo is limited to streaming this music to multiple Echos in your home. Echo’s can’t since with each other. Google Homes can, which allows it to play multi-room audio. Additionally, Home can work with Chromecast to play your music through non-Home speakers or launch a video on a Chromecast-connected television.

Google home vs amazon echo: Personal assistant tasks

But when we get to the two performing tasks, the Echo wins…for now. Yes, Home is better at conversation, but Echo can carry out more tasks (which it calls “skills”) thank in large part to third-party developers adopting its rich SDK. Both Home and Echo can do tasks such as adding items to a calendar, making a shopping list, making a to do list, checking flight statuses, and tracking a package, but right now only Echo can also do things like order a pizza, call an Uber, of play a game like Jeopardy. Echo supports over 900 tasks at the moment, which means Home has quite a lot of catching up to do.

Google home vs amazon echo: Third party smart home device integration

Echo also wins with support for third party smart home devices. Right now the only smart home device Google says Home supports is its Nest thermostat. Support for more devices are coming, but again the Echo has a big lead as it supports products from Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other smart home devices via its skills.

Google home vs amazon echo: Price & Verdict

As of now, Echo edges out Home. Echo has hundreds of more skills than Home does. But Home could gain those skills quickly and if it does Home’s conversational assistant could win the battle. Neither the Echo or Home are out in the UK, so we’re all gonna have to wait a bit longer to use them. Right now Echo is sold in the US for $180 and Google’s Home which has just started shipping in the US retails for $130.

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