Face Off: Amazon Echo vs Google Home
With the recent launch of Google Home, the competition for Amazon’s home assistant system, Echo has risen greatly. While both devices have numerous features, it is their differentiation’s that make this a battle to keep an eye on. Here’s everything you need to know about the two home systems.
Google’s answer to Amazon Echo, Google Home is a smart home gadget that has an inbuilt Bluetooth speaker. Both devices have the ability to carry through commands like ‘turn off the lights’, ‘what is the weather’, ‘play some music’ or even ‘order me a cab’. However Google Home works on Google, so not only is the entire internet available, but there is already a vast amount of information already logged into its database.
One very important factor is of course the design. Measuring at 5.6 inches in height, 3.7 inches in diameter, Google Home is a lot more round and short when compared with Amazon Echo. Google Home has an interchangeable base that is available in fabric and metal, and with seven different colours including violet, marine, slate, snow, copper, carbon and mango. On the other hand, Amazon Echo is 9.25 inches in height and has a diameter of 3.2 inches. It also comes in one of two colours, white or black.
Google Home features a touch-responsive interface with a top surface that lights up with four coloured LED dots. This feature can be used to pause and play music or adjust the volume. There is also a physical button for muting the device, placed on the back. The top of the Echo has an LED ring that lights up, and physical controls for the microphone and universal controls.
Both devices are voice activated, while with Google Home you have to first say ‘Hey Google’ or ‘OK Google’, for Amazon’s Echo you can simply say ‘Alexa’, ‘Hey Alexa’ or even just ‘Amazon’.
Compared to Echo, Google Home is able to answer questions that are a lot more specific, such as ‘How much is seven of 32’. This is attributed to Google’s database, which is a lot more developed. Home also offers a more conversational experience and allows you to even ask follow up questions. The Google Assistant will also be able to keep you updated on your daily calendar. Both Echo and Home allow you to do things like order a pizza or an Uber, and control Philips Hue lights and Nest thermostats among other devices.
It also has the ability to play music using Pandora, YouTube, iHeart Radio, Spotify and of course Google Play Music. Using the Amazon Echo assistant Alexa, you can play music from similar sources including Amazon Music. An interesting feature from Google is the ability to broadcast your music to other speakers and multiple Home devices.
Amazon Echo, which is priced at Rs. 18,290 approximately, is more expensive than Google Home which is expected to be priced around Rs. 15,000.
Picture courtesy – mysmahome.com
by techtalks @TechTalks November 9, 2016 4:57 AM UTC