Race of Artificial Intelligence
The smart world is getting smarter each day. More and more technological advancement can be seen revolutionizing the industries. In this technological race, it is very hard to strive and remain on top. To cope up with this matter, big companies are leading the battle with new interventions in artificial intelligence. The battle of AI-based devices is getting bigger each year with the development of improved virtual assistance. We can witness a great competition among companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, and Google, offering virtual assistance through their futuristic devices.
Buying the best among all is a difficult choice as a consumer, especially when the competition is in between all the leading companies. Rather, a brief comparison between devices could be the solution to this issue. Here is a brief comparison between the virtual assistance services/devices, with top 2 companies, Amazon Echo and Google Home.
It’s the perfect combination of all the possible virtual services a consumer could have through any such device. The tremendous voice enabled speaker system Echo is leading the AI industry through its great and undeniable features such as:
The virtual assistant voice, named Alexa, respond to any of the queries, requests, and orders made by the consumer.
Through one wake word of your choice, a consumer can wake up Alexa from its sleeping mode, so there is no need to touch or come near to the device.
It is the popular reason behind the promotion of home automation system as its integration with leading home automation companies like Belkin Wemo, Philips Hue, Insteon and Wink allow the user to control all the electronic appliances by just commanding Alexa, such as lights, home appliances, switches, motions sensors, plugs and more.
Alexa will act in accordance with your asked requests which could include so many things like you can ask it to:
- Play music from Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music or from the music account of Amazon
- Set alarm and reminders
- Make calls and send messages through voice commands
- Update weather conditions from local radio stations and Accuweather website
- Maintain and update a to do list
- Search and Approach desired articles from Wikipedia
As of the virtual assistant technology, Google Home has the voice enabled service named, Google Assistant. Most common features of Google Home are the same as Echo, like assisting in making calls, messages, music streaming, home automation, alarm setting, calendar and to do list management, information update and more.
Apart from Echo, Google home has a unique feature of chrome-cast, through which users can watch movies, videos and tv shows of their own choice.
It is integrated with youtube, IheartRadio, Spotify and some Google’s default services like Google Music Play, Google Calendar, Google Photos and Google Keep.
Along with these catchy features, Google home also offers its update service, through which a user can always get in touch with fresh and important news by engaging with CNN, The wall street journal, and CNBC.
In a comparison with Echo’s home automation integration, Google Home supports integration with Nest, LIFX, and LightwaveRF along with Philips Hue and Smartthings Inc.
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Decision to Buy
Both the technologies are phenomenal. Whereas, there are some points which differentiate both the devices in their working pattern.
Speaking of the voice quality, Google Home offers the best quality speakers than the Echo’s speaker which is somehow a little bit disappointing in voice quality.
On the other hand, Alexa Skill Kit is the major key point which makes it unique from Google home, as through this kit, more and more skills can be added by developers in accordance with user’s usage demands such as ordering food, shopping through Amazon and much more.