January 5, 2018 - Written By Justin Diaz Both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are capable virtual assistants that are gaining ground in the smartphone and mobile device industry as well as in the smart home industry, and it’s easy to see why as both allow the consumer to do tons of different things that they may not have been able to do before without having to physically interact with something. The beauty of both is that they will allow you to control things by voice, so whether you want to turn your lights off or adjust the temperature in the home, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa will both offer that functionality so long as you also have the equipment, such as smart thermostats and smart bulbs, that will allow either of those assistants to talk to them. Of course, Alexa has been around longer so arguably it’s the more capable of the two, boasting tons of skills and features, but Google Assistant is growing fast and adding more compatible products all the time to … [Read more...] about Weekly Poll: Google Assistant Or Amazon Alexa?
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Yesterday, Google announced at IFA in Berlin that its Assistant will soon expand to more third-party speakers. Only a day later, one of them has already been revealed by Sony. The company took the wraps off the LF-S50G, which offers a lot of the same functionalities found on the Google Home and other similar devices. The Assistant-powered speaker will play you music based on your commands from services like Spotify, Google Play Music, and Pandora, let you know what the weather is like, and even answer any weird questions you might have. Additionally, you can also use it to control other smart devices found in your home. The device is not completely waterproof but is splash-resistant (IPX3), has a simple yet attractive design, and even shows you what time it is. According to Sony, the speaker offers a 360-degree audio experience and has enough power to “comfortably fill the average room with sound”. It supports Bluetooth as well as NFC and sports a gesture control top … [Read more...] about Sony’s new Google Assistant-powered speaker will take on Google Home and Amazon Echo
posted on 30 Aug 2016, 22:34 4 1. lyndon420 (Posts: 5180; Member since: 11 Jul 2012) I always figured that Nest was the beginning to a Google Home network. posted on 30 Aug 2016, 22:55 0 2. izim1 (Posts: 1450; Member since: 04 Feb 2013) i want to believe that this will actually put some pressure on the echos, but google now is pretty much a mess at the moment with no real partnerships. cant even natively control hue lights, one of the granddaddies of smart homes, putting it behind both the echo AND siri. im guessing itll either be DOA if they try releasing it as barebones as it probably is at the moment or theyll miss their "fall release" schedule by half a year... posted on 31 Aug 2016, 00:20 0 3. Martineverest (Posts: 504; Member since: 27 Oct 2015) DOA:google's privacy invading attitude has become her frankenstein monster........allo and duo are DOA too posted on 31 Aug 2016, 01:00 1 4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6794; Member since: 29 Mar 2012) While I agree … [Read more...] about Comments for : Nest engineers shifted to work on Google Home, the Amazon Echo competitor
One of my colleagues was able to spend a bunch of money on my credit card using the Amazon Echo ($175.00 at Overstock.com) and Google Home ($79.00 at Crutchfield). 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. … [Read more...] about Fooling the voice recognition on Amazon Echo and Google Home
CES 2017 was the first big tech showcase at which Amazon had actual competition in the smart speaker space -- search giant Google had released its Google Home a couple of months before. Given Google's pedigree, I came into the show expecting fierce competition between Google's new challenger and Amazon's stalwart speaker champion, the Amazon Echo. That competition never really came to fruition. We even kept score. Companies were eager to include Amazon's assistant Alexa into everything from refrigerators to cars to showers. Amazon and Alexa came away with more than 30 related smart home announcements. Google Home and its assistant (just called Google Assistant) had fewer than 10. Assistant came into the show trailing Alexa in capabilities and came out much further behind. Alexa was the talk of the show. Google was an afterthought. Ever since, though, Google has made significant strides to catch up with the Amazon Echo and even position the Google Home as a more … [Read more...] about Can a grown-up Google Home hurt Amazon where it counts?
November 23, 2017 - Written By Daniel Golightly The Pokemon Company recently launched a novelty app for the Google Home and Amazon’s Echo that serves almost no purpose aside from being an adorable new way to interact with the two A.I.-driven products. That’s because the new app – called Pikachu Talk – swaps out the human-style voice the assistants would usually respond with for a variety of noises from the beloved yellow Pokemon the app is named after. If that sounds like it would really be entirely useless in terms of serving some sort of useful function, that’s probably down to the fact that it actually kind of is. It doesn’t appear to do much at all aside from being somewhat entertaining for anybody who happens to be a fan of the anime or game series, or just a fan of Pikachu. As of this writing, there isn’t a specific date for when the app will hit the U.S. or anywhere else in the world, for that matter. The company has so far only … [Read more...] about Pokemon Company Has Google Home & Amazon Echo Mimic Pikachu
Voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are still a long way from being in every home, but sales and lowering price points are quickly changing that. IFTTT, a popular platform that connects multiple devices and services, has compiled data from over 1,500 platform users that shows how people are using their devices.When it comes to devices, people tend to pick sides. Apple or Android, PC or Mac, and so forth. Currently, the two big competitors are Google Home or Amazon Echo. Based on the survey, 70 percent of users own an Echo, Dot, or Tap. There is some cross-pollination however as 8 percent of users own both brands. Of all these voice assistants, 70 percent were purchased within the last year.So what are people using voice assistants for? The clear winner here is music streaming, but a majority of people are also using the devices to control smart lights, set a timer, or check the weather forecast. About 60 percent of users talk to their voice assistant at … [Read more...] about IFTTT data reveals what people are doing with Google Home and Alexa
Target is making a big move into Google Express.After testing out the Google Express delivery service in New York City and California, the big-box retailer said Thursday it's now expanded on the service nationwide, except in Alaska and Hawaii. People can now shop for Target items through the Google Express website and app, and on the Google Home smart speaker via voice shopping. The two companies are also partnering up to build their relationship, with more Target services coming to Google Express starting next year.Target's push to expand on Google Express comes just ahead of the holiday-shopping season and right after Walmart popped up on Google Home last week. These companies all likely see a major threat in Amazon, which currently soaks up 40 cents of every dollar spent online in the US and has become the default search engine for product searches for most Americans, according to researchers. Voice-based shopping is still in its infancy, with most consumers not yet … [Read more...] about You can now shop for Target stuff on your Google Home
Editors' note, May 18, 2017: Since I updated this piece a month ago, both Google and Amazon have announced major upgrades to their respective smart speakers. The piece has been updated accordingly, though these latest changes won't be heavily factored in until they launch and we have time to test them. Given the surprising success of the Amazon Echo -- a smart speaker that responds to your voice commands, plays music, and controls your smart home -- competition was inevitable. With Google Home entering the arena, complete with the backing of the company's ubiquitous search engine, the Echo's place on top is no longer secure.Like the Echo, the Home functions as a source of entertainment, a personal assistant and a smart-home controller. When we reviewed the Home back in November, it couldn't keep up with the Echo on the latter two fronts. The Home put up a valiant fight, but the Echo had a two-year head start and many more skills at its disposal. At CES this January, the Echo continued … [Read more...] about Google Home vs. Amazon Echo, round 2: Google strikes back
There’s no denying that Google Home and Amazon Echo (or the less-expensive Echo Dot, if you’re not using it for music) have changed the way we interact with our homes. Turning on the lights has never been easier, nor has it been simpler to field the latest traffic report or order delivery for dinner. The future is here, and we’re reveling in it!But the proliferation of these devices around our homes leaves room for error. Google’s and Amazon’s connected speakers must always listen for us to utter their magic “wake” words—OK Google or Alexa respectively—in order to perform their tasks. If you don’t configure them properly, you might see random purchases show up at your door.It happened in San Diego when a little girl asked Alexa to deliver her a “dollhouse and some cookies.” She knew the right words to say, and in a few days’ time, she had her goodies. (If you want to have some fun, watch this news clip near … [Read more...] about How to stop Google Home or Amazon Echo from making unwanted online purchases