There are a lot of smart speaker options, but the two that really dominate the market are the Amazon Echo and Google Home.
There are a lot of things that both the rivals do alike, such as telling traffic updates, weather, general knowledge questions, trivia, sports updates, and playing and controlling music.
But the Echo’s two-year head start means it can do more things, especially for controlling smart-home gear. The best smart speaker for your home can vary depending on your priorities, the stuff you already have, and the services you have already subscribed to.
The Amazon Echo and Google Home devices have a lot in common them. But they are also some key differences to talk about. You need to be aware of what you’re getting before you part with any of your hard-earned cash.
Let’s discuss some useful things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home cant:
There are a few things Alexa can do that the Google Assistant has not yet mastered.
1. Track Shipments
With Amazon Echo, it’s possible to track all your orders with the sound of your voice and the command, “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” And she will let you know when the package is estimated to arrive. While Google can track your packages through the use of your phone, having Google Home tell you what time your package is going to be delivered is not yet a thing. But looks like, it’s coming soon!
2. Call an Uber
Amazon Echo has made it very convenient to book a ride without using your phone. With Amazon Echo, you can just link your Uber account with Alexa and make sure your home address is set in the rideshare app. Then you can ask for a ride. Check on the status of the ride. Make requests from different accounts. Even select different car types.
Whereas Google Home can integrate with ridesharing apps, but it’s quite a complicated process to set up the ride. So, take full advantage of this Alexa exclusive feature while it still lasts. Just say, “Alexa, ask Uber for a ride.”
3. Setting a specific schedule
Amazon echo and Google Home both allow you to turn on the lights without having to do that physically, and some other similar tasks. What sets Alexa apart from Google Assistant is that in addition to throwing these commands for instant action, you can even set particular schedules for Alexa. For example, you want your lights turned on at 6 pm; Alexa will take care of that. On the other hand, Google Assistant cannot yet do the scheduling of such tasks. So it takes Amazon Echo one step ahead in the world of smart speakers.
4. Play Amazon Prime Music
It’s no surprise that one of the only reasons you want a smart assistant is to ask it to play the song that’s stuck in your head. Both Amazon Echo and Google Home support the most major music streaming services: Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and Pandora. But knowing that Amazon and Google are competitors, Alexa can’t play YouTube or Google Play Music, just as Google Home can’t access Amazon Prime Music or Music Unlimited. If you’re a Prime member, that could be a deal-breaker if you’re one of those people who are not satisfied with all the other music streaming services.
5. Donate to charity
Amazon recently announced that Alexa will now be accepting donations to 48 select charities through the power of your voice. For example, use the command, “Alexa, make a donation,” and you’ll be able to choose which charity you would like to support and donate between $5 to $5,000. This service is only available in the US right now and will use your Amazon Pay account to complete the transaction. This is a really good initiative taken by Amazon, which makes it easy to make donations and help people from around the world. This useful feature is not being offered by Google Home yet.
6. Voice Remote
Amazon Echo and Google Home have a voice range, an area where the smart assistants can register and hear your commands. If you’re outside this range, it’s impossible to activate either device with their wake words. But this is where Amazon has a solution for you. If you just want to be able to control your Echo from outside the voice range, all you need is an Alexa Voice Remote for $30. Whereas, Google Home does not have the luxury of this add-on remote and you’re left with the option of buying another Google home, which is obviously very heavy on the pocket.
Which one will you be getting?
Both of these smart speakers are game changers and truly offer what they promise. They make life a little easier and to be honest, a lot more fun!
So let us know, which one will you be opting for!