Life is busy and we know everyone could use a personal assistant. That’s why major tech companies such as Google, Amazon, and Apple are racing to create the ultimate ‘virtual assistant.’ All three companies have created voice activated products designed for making life just that much easier. Although each product comes with similar features, they also come with different features, and each product has different strengths.
Amazon Alexa was definitely the first of the virtual assistant products to make a splash in the market. Alexa’s strengths include having a massive list of things it can do. From checking flights to ordering you an Uber, Alexa has an extremely large range of functions, which appears to be the largest range of functions with Google Home coming in close. Alexa also has a large range of app partnerships and is a mid-tier priced virtual assistant.
Google Home came after Alexa, and many customers say it is an overall improvement on Alexa along with being significantly cheaper. Google has a wide range of functions and app pairings, due to the fact it is Google after all. Google Home also works very well with information queries due to the fact Google’s primary product is a search engine. Google Home is great for affordability, app pairings and information retrieval and some tasks.
Apple Home Pod
Apple Home Pod is currently still in production to be released in 2018. Apple Home is by far the most expensive product (anticipated to be) compared to all the other virtual assistants. This is not unusual as most Apple products come at a premium price. Apple Home will be connected with Apple music and other Apple-branded apps with the possibility of other apps as well. One of the biggest features coming with the Apple Home is going to be it’s speaker system and sound quality.
|Apple Home Pod||Google Home||Alexa|
|Responds to voice commands||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Wake word||“Hey Siri”||“OK Google,” or “Hey Google”||“Alexa,” “Echo,” “Amazon” or “Computer”|
|Music streaming options||Apple Music (other options unknown)||Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn||Amazon Prime Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others|
|Smart home partnerships||Will likely work with Apple’s established HomeKit partners: Ecobee, Honeywell, Chamberlain, D-Link, August, Kwikset, Philips Hue, Lutron, iDevices and more||Nest, Honeywell, SmartThings, Wink, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Lutron, August, Logitech Harmony, Anova, IFTTT and others||Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Lutron, August, Logitech Harmony, Anova, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, Control4, Crestron, other devices via skills|
|Output to stereo system||Unknown||Yes, via Chromecast||Yes, via Bluetooth and Echo Dot|
|Synced audio playback to multiple devices||Probably: Apple announced synced multiroom audio as a feature of iOS 11||Yes, to any Google Cast device||No|
|Personal assistant highlights||News briefings, language translation, weather, traffic info, set reminders, play podcasts||Search Google, get a personalized daily briefing, check traffic, check your calendar, make a shopping list, check flight status, track a package||Add items to calendar, get a news briefing, check traffic, check the weather, make a shopping list, make a to do list, set reminders, check flight status, track a package|
|Other features||Send messages, plus we’ll inevitably find out lots more in the months ahead||Cast to your TV with Chromecast, launch and control YouTube or Netflix via Chromecast||Order a pizza, play a game, arrange an Uber pickup. Echo has an ever-growing list of thousands of skills and counting|