Amazon Echo vs Google Home
With Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana, we’ve all got used to having digital assistants in the palm of our hands.
This has now gone one stage further with the introduction of smart speakers. But which one comes out on top? The Amazon Echo or Google Home?
First and foremost, we should discuss how well they work when it comes to listening to music, they are speakers after all. And it has to be said that they are both decent speakers. But the digital assistants provide a much more exciting music experience.
Amazon Echo supports numerous free and paid services including Amazon Music, Spotify Premium, Pandora and TuneIn. Unsurprisingly, Amazon Music is enabled by default but other services will need to be enabled.
Google Home also supports a wide range of services, including YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and Google Music.
But what truly sets these apart when listening to music is searching for a song. You can ask Google Home a range of requests, such as “play the Celine Dion song from the movie Titanic” or “play Christmas songs” and Google will provide you with what you’re looking for.
Alexa, Amazon Echo’s digital assistant, will struggle with such requests. If you want a song to play on your Amazon Echo you may have to be more precise with your command, as Alexa just doesn’t have the experience that Google’s assistant has.
A similar situation can be found when asking questions – because that’s one of the main reasons why we use digital assistants.
Both can tell you the weather, provide solutions to maths questions and report news, but when it comes to trivial questions, Alexa can sometimes struggle with the wording.
Overall, Google Home is more natural because you can speak to it more conversationally but Amazon Echo can still provide you with plenty of information if asked in the right way.
You can currently get the Amazon Echo for £129.99. Google Home, however, is not currently available in the UK but Google wanted an advantage over its competitor so its offering is being sold for $129 (£103). We’ll have to wait and see what price tag they give it when it finally comes to the UK.
The Google Home and the Amazon Echo are both great smart speakers, and there are certain things each one does better. For example, Amazon Echo is unsurprisingly better at ordering from Amazon than Home, but Google’s offering comes out on top when it comes to sending video to your television.
Again, unsurprisingly, Google apps find it easier to connect to Home, but they still work fine on Echo. But until Google Home extends its third-party apps, the Echo has a lot more features.
It’s a close call and part of it comes down to what you’ll be using it for, but the factor that helps boost the Echo to the top is that it is currently available in the UK.
It is rumoured that Google Home will come to the UK next year and hopefully Google will have added more functionality for third-party apps. Once it does this, it might just knock Echo from the top spot.