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Google announced their highly anticipated Google Home at their #madebygoogle presentation today where they highlighted their new vision – Google Assistant. People have been wondering how Google will compete against Amazon’s highly successful Echo. Today we get our answer.
The obvious highlight in today’s presentation is Google Assistant which is built into Google Home. Google Assistant is compatible with Google phones, particularly the Pixel), and Google Home.
Here are the specs comparison.
|Launched||Oct. 4, 2016||Nov. 6, 2014|
|Size||3.79″ diameter, 5.62″ height||3.3″ diameter, 9.3″ height|
|Hotword||Ok Google||Alexa, Amazon, Echo|
|Speaker||2″ driver + dual 2″ passive radiators||2.5″ woofer and 2.0″ tweeter|
|External Options||Exchangeable Base||White / Black|
|Multiroom audio support||Yes||No|
|Supported Audio Format||HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV, FLAC|
|Power||16.5V, 2amps||15V, 1.4amps|
|Ports and Connectors||DC power jack||DC power jack|
|Supported Operating Systems||Android, iOS||Android, iOS, Fire OS|
|Wireless||802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi||802.11a/b/g/n|
|Promotion (As of Oct. 4, 2016)||6 months of Youtube Red||No|
|Related Devices||Pixel, Chromecast||Echo Tap, Echo Dot|
Comparison between Google Home and Amazon Echo
Main difference between the two is the Artificial Intelligence. Google Assistant is Google’s version of Alexa and Siri. Google Assistant’s integration to its own services such as Youtube, Play Movies and seamless integration to products such as Chromecast, Daydream VR, and especially Pixel and other android devices that will support Nouget.
Amazon has its advantage with its supporting devices such as Echo Dot and Tap. You can measure up to Google with Prime Music, Movie, and streaming devices such as Fire TV and Fire TV stick. Amazon has limited intelligent as it relies on Wikipedia and Google for its information. One key disadvantage is the lack of a good Amazon phone. This really hurts where Amazon Fire phone failed. Had they launched a phone that hit the mainstream, they may have been able to measure up to Google.
Another Google Home advantage is the ability to stream across devices. You can also set up zones and play music to the speakers you want. Chromecast Audio is what you accomplish with the Echo Dot but the Dot has far field microphone capabilities.
I personally have not tried Google Home but it looks promising. If I get the Pixel phone, I can totally see the edge Google Home and Assistant have over Amazon Echo. I can use Assistant to populate my to do list, shopping list, and calendar. Right now that is not possible with Amazon Echo. I must open the Alexa app and wait for it to load. It’s just not seamless.
With that said, I’m not about to spend $129 as the two have very similar features. If you don’t have an Echo, it is a no brainer to buy the Google Home especially if you are in the Android and Google ecosystem.