Recently Google released their new personal assistant, the Google Home which is their new device that uses the Google Assistant to perform a range of enhanced features with your voice, such as using the power of Google Search to answer your questions, controlling your home with devices like SmartThings, and controlling other Google devices like the Chromecast.
A lot of people have been wondering if this device is worth it, and how it would compare to the Amazon Echo.
To provide you with information about that, we have created this review roundup for a quick look from some of the best reviews out there.
Here they are:
Both devices are excellent, both have bright futures, both are increasingly essential parts of your household. I bought a Home because I like the design, and I like the sound quality. If you buy an Echo because you love your Sonos and don’t trust Google with your data, you’ll be perfectly happy as well.
There’s only one mistake you can make, really: not letting a smart speaker into your home at all. These things are great, and they’re only getting better.
For the Home — and by extension, Google Assistant — to be as indispensable as Google is everywhere else, it needs to do a lot more. It needs to be a lot smarter; it needs to know a lot more about me, my family, and our habits; and it needs to be more proactive with its assistance. Google says this is just its first effort, and it has a lot more planned for the Home, including addressing many of the specific shortcomings I’ve pointed out.
If Google succeeds with its ambitions for Home, the question will not be whether or not the Home is ready to do everything you need it to, it will be are you ready to have an always-listening Google bot in your home?
For now, the Amazon Echo beats the Google Home 2-1 and wins the battle in this exciting new category of devices. Undoubtedly, although this first battle is won, the competition is far from over. The Home will integrate with more smart home platforms, more Google services, and get better and better at understanding context as a conversational assistant. Just don’t expect Alexa to sit idly by as Google Home improves.
Home is instantly intuitive to use and intelligent enough to satisfy anyone who’s never used a voice-controlled digital assistant at home before.
Google nailed every trick the Echo could do at launch and packaged it all into a more attractive, customizable air freshener-like design. Extras like Chromecast support give the Home a slight edge when it comes to talking to your TV and speakers.
The move out of a smartphone results in a huge improvement for Google’s voice command system. I’ve never—never—had it miss a hotword, even when it is blasting music. Every time you say “OK Google” (“Hey Google” works now, too) the device always picks up. This even works from a different room—the biggest challenge in regards to distance isn’t getting Google Home to hear you, it’s if you can hear it. By default, Google Home doesn’t even give an authentication beep anymore, it works all the time. A user simply needs to trust that it’s listening.
Google Home is a great way to show off just how smart Google is, but it doesn’t feel like an essential experience yet. That’s mainly because it lags behind the Echo in terms of support for third-party services. That makes Echo a smarter buy if you want to control smarthome devices — but Home is a perfectly viable option for those who use lots of Google services.
At the end of the day, you currently have two choices when you are looking for a voice-activated, AI-driven speaker in your living room: Google Home or one of Amazon’s Echo devices. If I had to choose today, I’d pick a Google Home. At $129, it’s cheaper than the Echo (though admittedly more expensive than the Echo Dot), it’s smarter out of the box and, while it may have fewer partners in its ecosystem, it works together with your Chromecast device, which extends its functionality to your TV.