Amazon hits the market in 2014, when the released their Echo. From then to now, it is their most popular hardware. On the other hand, Google released Google Home, you can that as a direct competitor of Amazon Echo. So, now the question is, which you should buy for your Virtual Home Assistant? Here we tried to show you some advantages and fallback of those two product, may be it can help you to choose the best one for you.
Google Home: More Knowledgeable
If we consider asking question randomly of all sorts of facts, Google Home is better than Echo.
By saying this, we are not saying that Amazon Echo is stupid, but, there are many question that the Google Home is able provide you the answer where the Alexa will reply you with “Sorry, I don’t know the answer to your question.”
For example, Google Home will give you answer of this question, “What’s the average age of a human being?” (71 years, by the way), but Alexa was failed in our testing.
However, Alexa is able to come up with better result in some area, like when you will ask both devices “How many movies has Tom Hanks been in?” Alexa will come up with the answer (83 films), where Google Home will simply name off a few movies that Hanks directed.
Google Home can also remember the previous question, which is a great advantage. So if you asked “Who played Woody in Toy Story?”, Google Home will reply Tom Hanks. Just after that, if you ask “How old is he?” and Google Home will say his age, you don’t need take the name of “Tom Hanks” again. Alexa can’t do this.
Overall, Google Home knows more than Alexa.
Amazon Echo Is Better than Google Home for Smarthome Users
The Amazon Echo supports a long range of smarthome devices, including products from Nest, Philips, SmartThings, Belkin, Wink, Insteon, and many more. But unfortunately, Google Home only supports Nest, SmartThings, and Philips Hue right now.
Good thing is, both devices are integrated with IFTTT, which allows it to connect to a ton of different products and services. It’s not quite as seamless as native integration would be, but it makes Google Home feel less crippled in the smarthome arena.
So if you want to use your Virtual Home Assistant to control all of your Smarthome devices, then the Amazon Echo will be the best choice for you until Google Home obtains more support for more devices.
Both Have Great Tastes in Music
By default, the Echo uses Amazon’s Prime Music service and Google Home uses Google Play Music, both of which are great sources for streaming tunes. But there is a huge difference between their Music lists. Amazon Prime Music has around two million songs only, where Google Play Music has a great collection of 35 million songs. By the way, you will find the popular songs in both.
However, Amazon Music Unlimited is a newer service from the company that boasts “tens of millions of songs”. Even if you’re a Prime member, though, you still have to shell out a monthly payment for it. Furthermore, both Prime Music and Google Play Music require a monthly payment, with the smaller Prime Music library included in Amazon’s $99/year Prime service.
Besides the defaults, though, both the Echo and Home can link to your Spotify or Pandora accounts, so if you’re committed to one of those music providers instead, it’s no problem.
Google Home Has Better Physical Controls
Both the Echo and Google Home come with a small handful of controls on the device itself that allow you increase or decrease the volume and mute the microphone. But, the Google Home’s control interface allows you to do slightly more.
The Amazon Echo includes a volume wheel that allows you spin to increase or decrease the volume, and the mute button sits right on top of the device along with a button to activate or cancel Alexa.
On the other hand, in the Google Home, the full top surface is a touchpad which relies on finger gestures to control everything, much easier than Echo. Applying Gestures, you can play or pause music, adjust the volume, and activate Google Home to begin listening. Additionally, there is microphone mute button on the back side of the device.
Google Home Allows You Beam (Limited) Content to Chromecast
You will be happy to hear that the Google Home has the ability to integrate with the Chromecast devices, which will allow you to control you TV with your voice command. Though you can do this also with Echo, but it will take a lot of time to set this thing up.
If you have a Chromecast, you can tell Google Home to play a video or a song by saying something like “OK Google, play cat videos to the living room Chromecast” and it’ll begin shuffling cat videos from YouTube on your TV. Keep in mind that this feature only works with YouTube right now.
Amazon Echo Integrates with Way More Services
Similar to the smarthome support that each device has, the support for general services is a little lacking on Google Home, but there’s a lot you can do on the Amazon Echo.
With the Google Home, you can ask for sports scores, news, and even ask for an Uber, but the Echo can do all that and much more, including having Alexa read your Twitter feed aloud and even guide you through the 7-Minute Workout, all thanks to third-party Alexa Skills that you can download.
Of course, Google Home will likely add a lot more of these kinds of features in the future, but for now the Echo takes the cake when it comes to all the stuff it can do.
Both Device have Decent Speakers
The full-size Echo and the Google Home come with surprisingly robust speakers that sound pretty good—certainly not as good as a dedicated speaker system, but good enough to keep at a respectable volume while you putz around the house.
However, the speakers on the Google Home tend to go south the louder you turn them up, so I wouldn’t want to crank the volume if I want to keep the quality decent.
Of course, if you have an Echo Dot, you can connect external speakers to it as long as the stereo system you’re plugging in has an auxilary jack. The full-size Echo and the Google Home don’t have audio out ports, so you’re stuck using the built-in speakers on those.
Google Home Is Cheaper
Perhaps one of the biggest shockers about Google Home is the price. At $129, it undercuts the full-size Amazon Echo by $50, and with many consumers concerned about price first and foremost, the Google Home has the advantage.
Of course, the Echo Dot is just $50, but it’s missing the robust built-in speakers that the full-size Echo and Google Home have.
We reckon Amazon will compete with this somehow—they already dropped the price permanently from $200 to $180—but it’ll be interesting to see how cheap it gets in the future.
There are other small things, of course. For example, “OK Google” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue the way “Alexa” does, which makes a bigger difference than you’d think. Conversely, Google Home comes with a customizable base, which is nice if you want it to fit in better with your home.
In the end, both are really good options, and it depends on what you’ll be using it for as far as which one you should go with. The Echo is better for smarthome integration and has slightly better speakers, and it integrates with a lot of different services through third-party Alexa Skills, but the Google Home’s vast search knowledge is likely something that Amazon will never touch, and the Chromecast support is pretty neat if you’re invested in that area.