As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are thinking of Black Friday and gifts to buy our loved ones. In 2016, the smart speaker is going to be a highly sought after gift. Two tech giants will battle it out for customers looking to make life a home more automated this Christmas. Let the Amazon Echo vs Google Home battle begin!
The smart speaker craze began two years ago when Amazon introduced the Echo. Echo is powered by Alexa, Amazon’s artificial intelligence voice technology service. Use Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn on the fan or space heater while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger.
Echo works with devices such as lights, switches, thermostats, and more from WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, Insteon, Nest, ecobee, and Wink. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Since November 6, 2014, Amazon has sold over 4 million units making it the leader in the smart speaker space.
This success didn’t go unnoticed by fellow tech giant Google. On November 4, 2016, in what looks like a copycat move, Google introduced Google Home, its version of the smart speaker. However, some have expressed how the Google Home’s artificial intelligence is superior to that of the Echo. To tip the scale in their favor, Google is offering its Google Home at about $129, which is considerably lower than Echo’s $180 price tag. For a limited time, Google has reduced the price to only $99.
Google Home will also help automate your home. It connects seamlessly with smart devices like Chromecast, Nest and Philips Hue, so you can use your voice to set the perfect temperature or turn down the lights.
Amazon Echo vs Google Home
The Amazon Echo vs Google Home battle begins. So, which smart speaker (or is it a robot without legs?) should you buy to improve your life at home? Here’s an infographic that provides an exhaustive comparison of the two devices: