Difference between Google Home and Amazon Echo

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home-vs-echoGoogle 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.

Google Home

Amazon Echo

Launched Oct. 4, 2016 Nov. 6, 2014
Price $129 $179
Size 3.79″ diameter, 5.62″ height 3.3″ diameter, 9.3″ height
Weight 37.5 oz
AI Google Assistant Alexa
Mute Button Yes Yes
Capacitive Button Yes No
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
Battery Support No No
Promotion (As of Oct. 4, 2016) 6 months of Youtube Red No
Bluetooth Support Yes
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.