The only time this won’t work is if you have a device like the Amazon Echo Plus (second-generation), which acts as a smart home hub. In this case, Zigbee-compatible devices paired through the Amazon Alexa app aren’t configurable with Google Assistant.
Alternatively, the Amazon Echo Dot (third-generation) might perform better in the common areas where homework is done since the speaker delivers noticeably low-quality audio playback (though is much improved over previous generations of Echo Dot speakers). The best way to live peacefully with both Google Assistant and Alexa under one roof is to keep track of what you’re setting up as you’re doing it.
Advertisements with any smart home, if you have a ton of connected stuff set up inside your dwellings, make sure to keep everything updated so that all of your assistants maintain a level playing field. On Tuesday, Google said it would cut off Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices from YouTube, starting on January 1.
Google also immediately began blocking YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show smart screen device, marking the second time it has done so. The beef between these two companies now runs much deeper than streaming video, which makes swift resolution hard to envision.
Amazon's Echo devices are a direct assault on Google's core search business. Every time you ask Alexa about the weather, sports scores, or other information, that's one potential Google search or Google Ads impression lost.
Both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa have deep ties to their makers' respective cloud computing services. Developers can also buy access to the same speech engines that power Alexa and Google Assistant for use within their own apps.
YouTube now runs its own game-centric live video service, though Twitch still dominates in viewership and money spent. Without some broad-ranging truce, in which each company agrees to treat each other's services equally and let consumers decide what's best, Amazon and Google would only be undermining themselves.
And although Apple's services business is growing, it doesn't have much overlap with the core offerings of Google and Amazon. Apple isn't trying to be a retail giant either, so you could imagine Siri one day allowing you to shop on Amazon or Google Express.
And while Apple is planning a push into premium original video, that's not quite a zero-sum business like live game streaming, where creators tend to stick with one platform and bring their viewers with them. And given iOS users' tendency to spend lots of money, supporting Apple platforms is just good business.
The result is a paradox: Although it's sometimes assumed that Amazon and Google want to spread their services far and wide across platforms, in this case they're locking each other out. Both Alexa and Google Home devices can be used and carry out their full functions in the same house.
Google Home devices are advertised as “hands-free” assistants, with plenty of advanced features to back that up. In addition to the basic tasks this device can carry out, it can also keep track of things for you like scheduled events and reminders.
Google Home is very conversational, so you can speak to it like a person in complete sentences and the device will understand. When the voice technology of Alexa was invented, it was integrated into the Echo Dot smart speakers.
Unlike Google Home, Amazon Alexa responds better to direct commands instead of conversational speech. Alexa can play music, make to- do lists, set alarms, and stream audio.
It can also play news channels, podcasts, and give updates on weather and traffic from the sound of your voice alone. Since Alexa and Google Home are both able to pick up on the same voice commands, it is very simple to use both of them at the same time.
Some of the most popular applications that can be used with Google Home and Alexa are Stringing, Yeti, and IFTTT. This software helps users to establish strings of voice commands that will be programmed into each device.
While both Google Home and Alexa can be used in the same area of the house, there are a few tips you can follow to make sure that the devices will not clash when they are being used so closely. If you will be placing both devices in the same room, the best way to manage both of them is to assign special tasks to each one, so they do not get confused.
One of the easiest ways to manage each device in the same area is to assign voice tasks to one of them and completely mute it on the other. While setting up the phrases you want your devices to respond to on whatever third-party smartphone app you will be using, it is important that you choose the most straightforward commands that feel natural for you to express daily.
Alternatively, Google Home and Alexa can be used in different areas of the house to avoid any interference. You might find that the Google Home works best in your downstairs living room, while the Alexa might be better suited for your bedroom upstairs.
To make it even easier on yourself, you can assign the same phrases to each device for tasks like turning on the TV, playing music, and setting a reminder, even though they are separated. In conclusion, the technological advancements that come with both the Google Home and Amazon Alexa devices are extremely convenient and user-friendly.
After the app of your choice is downloaded, you will need to properly set it up with your Google Home or Alexa device. Sure, there's a handful of things Amazon's voice assistant can do that Google Home can't, but Google Assistant packs its own unique bag of tricks that neither Alexa nor Apple's Siri have yet to master.
For example, having a longer attention span and crafting a more distinct personality (more below). Millions of people rely on Google Home to manage humdrum household tasks like ordering groceries, putting your kids to bed or helping to find your lost phone, but Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod ($300 at Best Buy) can both do all of that, too.
If you've chosen the Google Home ecosystem to manage your digital life, wouldn't you like some bragging rights to go with it? In a recent study by Loop Ventures that pitted Google Assistant against Alexa and Siri, researchers asked each assistant the same 800 questions then scored on whether the AI programs understood the question as well as how accurately or correctly they responded.
Google Assistant trounced on Alexa and Siri, understanding 100% of queries and responding correctly 92.9% of the time. Both Alexa and Siri were only a hair or two shy of scoring perfectly on comprehension (99.9% and 99.8% respectively), but fell behind when it came to giving correct responses (Siri got it right 83.1% of the time, Alexa an even more pitiful 79.8%).
A 2019 study by Loop Ventures asked Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant the same 800 questions. Loop Ventures In another recent study that added Microsoft's Cortana to the mix, Google Assistant once again dominated the field as the only contender to score above 80% on accuracy.
(Interestingly, Cortana attempted to answer more questions than any of the other assistants, including Google's, but then ranked worst at getting them right.) James Martin/CNET When it comes to wake words (the phrase you say to invoke your voice assistant), Siri is the most restrictive.
You can call the voice assistant Alexa, Echo, Computer or Amazon, but you can't switch it up on the fly without going into settings. Google Assistant has the competition beat by giving you the most control over your Google Home's voices and accents, which helps you personalize your assistant and make it feel more like your own.
Amazon has a little flexibility if you're willing to pay $1 to get Samuel L. Jackson's voice to helm some select duties. You can even pick singer John Legend and actor SSA Rae, but their functionality is limited, so you'll hear a different voice respond when theirs can't.
Google Assistant currently has 12 available color-coded voices to choose from, including celebrities and non-American accents. Communicating with other assistants can sometimes feel like talking to a small child who can only pay attention to one thing at a time.
James Martin/CNET Although you may not be housing a foreign exchange student or international diplomats any time soon, Google Home's ability to act as a real-time translator for up to 27 different languages could certainly come in handy if, say, a student in your home has language class homework or you need to send an email or direct message to someone whose first language isn't English. To put Google Home into interpreter mode, simply voice what you need as you would naturally.
Making statements based on opinion; back them up with references or personal experience. Just speak one of the phrases listed below to tell Alexa what you want your Nest product to do.
Amazon Alexa supports the following Google Nest products: If you still need to migrate your account, learn how by following this link.
Follow the on-screen instructions and choose which data to share with Amazon, then select Done. Note: You need to be a member of the home the devices are connected to in order to set up the Google Nest Skill.
Only use the exact location name you see in the Nest app when speaking your command. In rare cases, you may have two thermostats with the same location name and a custom label.
For instance, if you ask Alexa to set the temperature to 72 degrees, both the lower and upper limit of your thermostat’s temperature range will be set to 70-74 degree range. Alexa will confirm your request, saying “Hallway is in heat-cool mode, aiming for 72 degrees”.
The Nest camera skill lets you watch your camera’s live video with an Amazon video player (for example, an Amazon Fire TV). This skill will only work on Amazon devices that can display video.
The skill won’t work on any devices that don’t have video capabilities (such as an Amazon Echo). If your Nest camera is turned off, Alexa won’t be able to control it.
You’ll need to open the Nest app on your phone and turn on your camera before giving a voice command to Alexa. In rare cases, you may have more than one camera with the same location name such as “Hallway,” plus a unique label.
When you open the Nest app and tap on your camera, look above the video feed: if your camera has a label, it will be in parentheses, such as “Hallway (Downstairs).” When talking to Alexa, you’ll need to say the location name and label, for example, “Alexa, show the Hallway Downstairs.” After 60 minutes, your camera will stop streaming video to your Amazon device.
To continue streaming, simply repeat the voice command. Visit Amazon ’s website for help with Alexa, including its connection to Nest products.