Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: The choice is obvious

On the surface, it may seem like a difficult choice between Alexa and Google Home, but once you look at them from a practical perspective, the choice becomes clear.

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Amazon Echo is powered by Amazon cloud (Amazon Web Services) and machine learning and voice processing capabilities by Amazon were gained through the acquisition of companies like Yap, Evi, and IVONA. Google Home is powered by Google Assistant, a virtual assistant that’s the future of Google Now and is also found in the latest Pixel smartphones.

There are three Amazon Echo devices: Amazon Echo ($179), Amazon Echo Tap ($129) and Amazon Echo Dot ($49). Amazon Echo is the flagship Alexa powered device that comes with high quality quality speakers. Amazon Tap is a battery powered version of Echo that you can freely move around, however you have to tap on a button to wake Alexa; it’s not listening all the time.

Amazon Echo Dot is a smaller version of Echo that comes with a basic speaker and 3.5mm port so you can plug any speaker into it. All three devices pair with any other Bluetooth speakers and headphones so you can easily listen to music on better speakers. Amazon Echo and Dot can also be used as speakers for other devices. You can pair your iOS or Android devices to them and play music from your iPad or Pixel to the speakers of Echo devices.

Google Home ($129) comes in just one size, and it looks more beautiful than the utilitarian Amazon Echo.

I bought and own both devices. I have been using them for a few weeks and I clearly see their strengths and weaknesses. If you are planning to buy one for yourself, or as a Christmas gift, this article will help you to decide between Amazon Echo or Google Home.

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