By Maggie Sperry
With the success of the Amazon Echo, Google decided to enter the smart speaker market with their Google Home. With Google entering the competition, it’s time to compare the two smart speakers.
There isn’t a large difference in price between the two speakers. The Amazon Echo is available for 180 dollars and the Google Home is 130 dollars. But Amazon is selling a smaller version of the Echo, called the Amazon Echo Dot, for just 50 dollars, but it must be plugged into its own sound system.
From a looks and size standpoint, the Echo stands 9.2 inches tall, almost all black with a light up circle on top. The Home stands 5.6 inches tall. On the top It is half white and the bottom half can be switched out for multiple different colors.
Fox News found in a test with the two speakers that, they each respond to human voices well. To talk to the Echo, one can say, “Alexa, what time is it?” and for the Home one can say, “OK Google, what time is it?” Fox also found that the Home is much better at responding to facts, and one is also able to ask follow up questions. While the Echo does a good job with facts, it’s not as knowledgable as the Home in this regard.
When it comes to music streaming, they both are Bluetooth speakers, which some believe is not as good as a cord based speaker. They both play music from services like Spotify and Pandora. The Echo can also play music from Amazon Prime Music and the Home can connect to Google Play. They both are said to fill the room with music.
When it comes to being a personal assistant, the Home is winning in its abilities. The Home can check traffic, one’s calendar, and give a personalized daily briefing, while they both can track packages, make to do lists, and check flight statuses.
When it comes to picking between the two, it depends on what one is lookin
g for. If one wants a personal assistant and natural conversation, go with the Home. But when it comes to connecting with smart homes, Echo does best at dimming the lights and managing your security system. Both the Home and Google offer great services and will continue to improve and develop.
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