Smart speakers have been called the Trojan horses of the smart home. They sit on your shelf, always listening for their wake word. They then send your queries and commands to the cloud, always learning more about you in the hopes of becoming even more useful. Amazon started the trend, first putting its Alexa assistant in the Amazon Echo, then the Show, Echo Plus, Dot, Tap, and Spot as well as allowing third-party device makers such as Sonos to have access. The Google Home was next, followed by the Google Home Mini and Max, all of which feature Google Assistant and are making huge strides in the voice assistant market. They’re lagging behind the competition in some areas but dominating in others. Now it’s Apple’s turn, with the recently unveiled HomePod. Although we’ve only done preliminary tests of the latest smart speaker, we do have some idea about how these products will stack up against one another in terms of design, features, … [Read more...] about Is there an Echo in here? Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Apple HomePod
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Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is almost here. After a month-long delay that caused it to miss the all-important holiday-shopping season, Apple has announced that HomePod will begin shipping on February 9, more than eight months after we first got a glimpse of it at WWDC. Apple is billing HomePod as an audio device (hence its home under the Music tab on Apple.com), but in the age of growing Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, it needs to be much more than a really good speaker to compete with its fellow AI-enabled competitors. Here’s how the fight is shaping up. 5 ways HomePod beats Amazon Echo and Google Home Messaging and calls Apple’s biggest advantage over Android is with Messages, and that will only strengthen with HomePod. While you can use Google Assistant on Android phones to send messages, you can’t do it easily using Google Home. Amazon Echo lets you send messages, but they’ll only go to users hooked up with Alexa (either through an app … [Read more...] about 5 ways HomePod will beat Amazon Echo and Google Home (and 5 ways it won’t)
This is not an easy choice. On the one hand, you have the original and champion home audio computer, the Amazon Echo. On the other, the new kid on the block and contender, the Google Home. I've used an Echo for almost a year now and the Home for a few weeks. Here's what I found. First, they're both useful. I don't have review units of these. I bought both of them: The Echo for $179 and the Home for $129. Both will be on sale for $20 to $40 less on Black Friday. Special Feature Cloud - How to Do SaaS Right Software as a Service offers irresistible benefits for organizations of all sizes — from cost savings to scalability to mobile accessibility. Read More I have both because -- spoiler alert -- I'm a tech geek, and they're both useful. Both are cylinder-shaped speakers that listen to your commands. They get their smarts from their respective cloud services. To connect with the cloud they both use Wi-Fi. Considering their size, both do a remarkably good job of playing … [Read more...] about Which smart speaker should you buy? Amazon Echo or Google Home?
One of my colleagues was able to spend a bunch of money on my credit card using the Amazon Echo ($185.90 at Overstock.com) and Google Home ($129.00 at Jet.com). Both services also freely gave my coworker Chris my personal info because they both thought he sounded like me. To be clear, Chris wasn't trying to steal from me or spy on me. We were trying to find out how easy it is to fool the voice recognition feature of Google's digital assistant (just called Google Assistant) and Amazon's digital assistant Alexa. As it turns out, it's not hard. What is voice recognition? You can train both the Google Assistant and Alexa to recognize your specific voice in their respective apps. Once you've trained them, both services will customize their responses to your particular voice. Ask Google "what's on my calendar today," and you'll get responses from your own personal calendar. Ask Alexa for a briefing, and she'll play your customized news feed. It's a handy feature that I quite like. If … [Read more...] about Fooling the voice recognition on Amazon Echo and Google Home
Amazon’s Echo has long ruled the smart home market, but Google Home’s recent updates make it a contender for the top slot. The smart home market is evolving faster than you can say “third-party device,” and the competition between these heavyweight companies is good for your wallet. Understanding the pros and cons of each platform is essential, especially when integrating home security devices. When it comes to digital assistants, Google Home and Amazon Echo are the clear front-runners in the smart home market. Their platforms utilize voice controls and massive libraries of available skills, and both offer integration with a number of third-party devices. These features allow you to connect almost any electronic device in your home — from your thermostat to your home security system — so long as the third-party device is compatible. With enough compatible devices, you can integrate your entire home with your digital assistant, letting you control … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: The best AI for home security
When one product is better in one aspect, but it’s competitor is stronger in another, the easy answer is to recommend both. You might want a Sony TV in your home theater, for instance, but Anthem’s A/V receiver, Bowers & Wilkins’ speakers, and a subwoofer from SVS. Well that dog won’t hunt when it comes to smart speakers, especially if you’re looking to control your smart home. No one wants to remember one wake word to turn on a light, a second to stream music, and a third to lock the front door.With this in mind, I evaluated the two most popular smart speakers—Amazon Echo and Google Home—using seven important criteria, but giving smart home control the heaviest weight. If you can’t stand the suspense, my current opinion is that the Amazon Echo series is superior to the Google Home series. Read on to find out why.Winner: Amazon Echo. For me, this is the most important criterion of all. And for reasons Google still hasn’t … [Read more...] about Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of these smart speakers is better than the other
LAS VEGAS -- While the Amazon Echo and Google Home brought the digital assistant to the home, Staples wants to do the same for the office.To do so, the office supply chain store is bringing its iconic Easy Button to life.Massachusetts-based Staples is testing a smart assistant device that looks like its Easy Button, which was launched as a marketing campaign and gained a bit of a cult following, but that customers can use to order products, track shipments and help with returns.One day, according to Staples' chief digital officer Faisal Masud, the device, backed by artificial intelligence-based IBM Watson, will also be able to call up janitorial services, make restaurant reservations, check traffic and weather, set reminders, act as an alarm clock and play the radio."We want to be the assistant's assistant," Masud told Computerworld in an interview at the IBM World of Watson conference here this week. "Offices are going to evolve, and these services and products shouldn't be more than … [Read more...] about Staples develops an office competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home
Amazon Echo or Google Home ? These two nascent voice assistants are both trying to get their virtual feet in the door of your home, and many consumers--our readers among them--are trying to decide which is best. ThursdayFridaySaturday writes: My partner and I are discussing which one to get. They have an Amazon Prime Account so the reason they want the Echo is not only because of the discount, but most of their music and content is also worked through Amazon. Personally, I'm leaning towards the Google Home because it supports multiple accounts, has better customization, and I think their search engine works a little better than the other one. Which one should I get? First, let me clarify one thing: the $129 Google Home supports only a single account per device, so you wouldn't be able to switch between yours and your partner's Google account on a single Google Home. (There is a Guest mode, but that's not quite the same). Nevertheless, Google Home is … [Read more...] about Help Me, Tom’s Guide: Should I Get Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Hey Siri, so you want to be the next Alexa?Apple is reportedly developing a new product that will rely on Siri to activate certain features and capabilities, as well as pull up information from the web. The new product is expected to sport a speaker and a microphone, which makes it a direct competitor to other smart devices like the Amazon Echo and the just-announced Google Home.According to The Information, Apple is preparing for the launch of this device by first offering a Siri software development kit for third-party developers. Opening the Siri platform will help improve Apple’s virtual assistant by incorporating other apps and services that can be activated with voice commands. Right now, Siri can work with other apps like Yelp and OpenTable, but these integrations are on a case-by-case basis of developers working directly with Apple.MacRumors reports that the Siri SDK could be introduced at WWDC in June, where Apple will require developers to “use the tool … [Read more...] about Report: Apple is developing a ‘Siri Speaker’ to rival Amazon Echo and Google Home
LG has thrown its hat into the digital assistant ring. Hub Robot, the company's competitor to Amazon Echo and Google Home, was announced at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Wednesday.Hub Robot "takes the concept of the smart home to the next level," according to a press release. The small, white, anthropomorphic assistant uses Amazon Alexa's voice recognition technology to connect with IoT devices in a user's home or office. While Hub Robot performs many of the same tasks as the Echo and Google Home, such as playing music, setting alarms, and offering weather alerts, LG said the difference lies in its ability to complete household tasks. The assistant can connect to LG appliances, allowing a user to turn on the air conditioning, preheat the oven, or change a dryer cycle with a voice command, according to the press release. The robot's display can also show images of contents inside your refrigerator, and display recipes with audio instructions. However, the … [Read more...] about CES 2017: LG unveils digital assistant Hub Robot, sets to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home