One area Alexa beats Google, predictably, is shopping-related queries —she really wants to help you buy things from Amazon. Or, if you need better sound quality, you can purchase the , which has Alexa built in and will reportedly add Google Assistant at some point. Amazon has the biggest range of smart speakers. It was in-depth and very knowledgeable. But you can an idea of where that slots in by reading our. The Mini works with the same host of smart home devices, too, and the list is growing every day. Its smart Assistant now rivals Alexa for power.
Both will be available in spring 2019. There are other small things, of course. Third-party speakers and other gadgets are starting to integrate both digital assistants, but most smart home buyers are likely to buy a Google or Amazon speaker first. So far, the screen's potential isn't fully realized, but as more skills are added, you can bet your bottom dollar the Show will be more powerful. You can check out our full review of the Google Home , and the 2nd gen Amazon Echo Plus. As the Echo integrates with Amazon products, so the Google Home integrates with Google: You can vocally , use Google Search and and Gmail, though experts say. Siri Playing podcasts was more of a hit-or-miss affair.
For now, at any rate. A full list of American skills is available on , with additional Canadian skills featured on. Both Google Home and the Echo link up to using their associated streaming sticks. I haven't tested out other brands like LifX, Wemo, etc. So, for now, the Amazon Echo offers more functionality overall. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. SiriSiri on the HomePod, by comparison, can give you an estimate of time and a suggestion of a major route via what highway, for example , but it can't send directions to my phone — either automatically or by request — which seems like a missed opportunity.
Sonos One with AlexaGoogle has released smaller versions of the , including a cheaper unit the and one with better sound quality the. While it can get transit directions as well, it does a mediocre job of answering questions about traffic, since it just kicks you to its Maps app. Hold more natural, contextual conversations You can have a back-and-forth with Alexa. Google Home Mini: Like the Dot, Google Home Mini is an extension device. I also write for The Guardian, Independent, Evening Standard, TechRadar, New Scientist and others.
Google has superior multi-user functions. Rather than just listing which smart home devices you have, some can now be controlled from the app, such as turning on your Hue lights and setting their brightness level. Amazon offers , but when I tried to order one, it kept quoting me a higher price than what I saw online, so I gave up. All three work with a huge breadth of connected products, and many third-party products work with at least two, if not all three, platforms. Google Home also seemed to be better at reasoning.
Perhaps the best thing about having a smart speaker is that it frees up your hands and gets you away from your smartphone. Neither seems to be better than the other in this regard. I also have to warn readers not to trust this review. Let us know by tweeting us TrustedReviews. Now Google says more than 5,000 devices. Of course Siri is going to work better for making calls and texts on a phone compared to anything on a smart speaker. The Sonos One is a great-sounding small wireless speaker that beats the Google Home smart speaker and the Amazon Echo Plus for sound quality.
On the other hand, Google Home works well with Google apps, such as calendar, routes and more. Google has just revealed the latest addition to its range of smart home gadgets, the. Since Home uses Google's search graph to answer you, the entire knowledge of the internet is open to you. Google Home , which make its compatibility level seem substantially less. Google AssistantOf the most common smart-home products, the biggest exceptions might be , which is not currently compatible with Apple's HomeKit, and the Harmony Hub, which doesn't work natively with HomeKit, either. But here Google goes a step further again, as the company just. For instance Google Home cannot send a text message but Google Assistant, on my Pixel, can.
Related: and Google is playing catch-up, with the new Home View feature. Related: Google Assistant vs Alexa — First-party hardware The most common way to interact with Google Assistant or Alexa is through a smart speaker. They appear to match everywhere else except for the fact that Google was better at playing podcasts. Google Home allows us to speak naturally without us having to learn its own language. When placed in the included Lenovo Smart Dock, they transform into fully featured Alexa-compatible smart displays with full-screen visuals. Go try out both of them and pick whichever one is better for your needs, though whatever you do definitely get one of them. However, Amazon has caught up.
Winner: Google Assistant Smart Home Device Compatibility When trying to compare , you might wonder whether you can use the gadgets to control your smart thermostat or intelligent light bulbs, for example. No matter what services or devices you use, chances are the is happy to play along. If you don't use Apple Music, for instance, the HomePod is mostly useless. And Microsoft, well, a lot of people own Windows computers, at least. The Amazon Echo, or any other device with Alexa, it so far superior to Google Home that I cannot believe that anyone can asked this question. They can play you soothing music after a long day or set the mood during a date.
If you buy a Chromecast or a , you can tell them to open Hulu or play a show. Google Home: Google's main Home device is nearly identical in terms of functionality to Amazon's main Echo. In that case, you may need to turn to a third party, and that's one place where these platforms differ significantly. They can do them, you just ignored that. By using only the Google Home, and not considering its capabilities on Android phones, you said it can't do things that it can. The latest Amazon Echo pictured below is much better looking than its predecessor.