It’s no longer news that Google and Amazon have long been competing for the No. 1 smart speaker spot. While Google Home has features that Echo doesn’t; like listening to multiple commands at a time, Amazon Echo has a set of unique skills that Google home can’t boast of. Let’s not even mention the fact that Echo also has a sometimes chilling sense of humour.
Amazon Echo or Amazon’s Alexa, priced at $100 (N35,000) can guard your house and alert you if it hears something suspicious while you’re gone. It also lets you know when your packages are out for delivery. While Google Home, sold at $79 (That’s equivalent to N27,650) can help you make hands-free calls, find your lost phone, etc.
That being said, See the 5 features that Amazon Echo has over Google Home.
If you’re someone who needs a nudge to get out and exercise, your Google Home can help remind you, but the Google Home smart speaker won’t tell you when a package is out for delivery. Meanwhile, the Echo definitely can.
Amazon’s Alexa will notify you from the time your Amazon order has shipped to the time it arrives at your doorstep. Just say something like “Alexa, where are my packages?” to get an update. You can also enable notifications for Domino’s so you will know when to expect your pizza order.
Amazon Echo Supports Amazon Music, Prime Music and Apple Music
While Google Home supports popular music streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora and more, it still doesn’t support Apple Music or Amazon Music, both services from major hardware competitors.
Alexa, on the other hand, does.
When you unbox your Amazon Echo, the default music service is Amazon Prime Music, but you can change these settings, even to Apple Music. The rivalry with Google appears fierce enough to exclude Google Play Music from your list of options.
If you primarily listen to songs using Apple Music, open the Alexa app menu and select Settings. Under Alexa Preferences, tap Music & Podcasts > Link New Service > and select Apple Music. Tap Enable to Use and log in to your account with your Apple ID.
Amazon Echo Can Guard Your House
If you’re going out of town and are worried about leaving your house unattended, you can set up Alexa Guard on your Amazon Echo. Once activated, your smart speaker will listen for sounds like breaking glass and alarms. It can also periodically turn your smart lights on and off to make it look like someone’s home.
To set it up, open the Alexa app menu and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the list and tap Guard > Set Up Guard. Follow the on-screen prompts to finish setting it up. Now when you’re ready to leave the house, just say “Alexa, I’m leaving” to activate Guard Mode.
Note that Google Home can pair with Nest Secure, but Google Home itself doesn’t have this specific guard action yet.
Set Up Location Triggers
When you arrive home in the evening, it’s nice to have the lights turn on so you can see where you’re walking. With Amazon Echo, you can set up location triggers so the lights will automatically turn on when you pull into the driveway.
You will, of course, need to have smart bulbs set up outside, and also inside if you don’t want to walk into a dark house.
To set up location triggers, you will need to create an Alexa routine. How do you do this? Just open the Alexa app menu and select Routines. Tap the plus sign in the top right corner. Now you need to add the routine name, tap When This Happens and select Location. Enter your home address, tap Arrives and then Next. Now select Add action > Smart Home > and tap the name of your smart lights, e.g., “Living room.”
Amazon Echo Can Soon Tell When You’re Annoyed
Amazon, in 2019 announced that it is giving its voice assistant ‘Frustration Detection’. That means if Alexa notices a tone of irritation in your voice, it will apologize and try to clarify what you actually want it to do. (Did I hear you say Sorcery?)
The new feature will begin rolling out this year, starting with music requests. For example, if you ask Alexa to play Wizkid’s Joro and it plays something else, the voice assistant will recognize the anger in your voice — “Alexa! PLAY WIZKID’S JOROOOO !!!” — and will try to adjust, much like a person does. This feature clearly eludes Google Home.