Smart speakers have been dominating the markets recently and it’s no surprise that almost everyone has one in their home. However, with the proliferation of different speakers available for consumers, it can get really confusing about which one you should buy and which one is the best. So, what’s the verdict?
It’s no small wonder that the smart speaker who pioneered the entire category is still on top three years into its existence. The Amazon Echo had more time to incubate than the Home has and a whole lifetime of experience over Apple’s still unreleased Apple HomePod smart speaker.
Not only does the Echo play music, it can connect to a multitude of other smart devices as well.
Well, for one, it supports dozens and dozens of smart home devices including the most popular ones to date: the Nest and Honeywell Smart Thermostats, the Philips Hue and LIFX smart light bulbs, Belkin smart outlets and even the Samsung SmartThings platform that extends to even more devices.
The Google Home comes in at a close second and it actually has a slightly better sound than the Amazon Echo.
What might put the Home ahead of the Echo is the pace at which it’s catching up to the market leader. In less than a year’s time, the Google Home has learned quite a few new tricks, including the ability to recognize different users and be able to call anyone anywhere. Stranger, however, the Home will soon have the ability to connect to Bluetooth devices, a feature Google is adding via a firmware update despite nothing changing on a hardware level.
Found at TechRadar.
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