Alexa has been a part of my life for 1,168 days, having been invited to try the Amazon Echo before its public release. I even traveled with an Amazon Tap. But our relationship ends today. Google Home is much smarter. And the gap is only going to get bigger. Here’s why.
If you try and ask Alexa (or Siri, for that matter), anything complicated, she’s stumped. Not Google Assistant. It has the benefit of learning from 3.5 billion search queries a day. Every search makes Google better at understanding questions, and knowing what answer satisfies them. Google’s voicemail and android OS products contribute to Google Assistant’s natural language skills. Amazon will never catch up.
These videos show two real-life examples —
“Can I use Oxyclean and chlorine bleach in the same wash?”
“how many minutes to cook oatmeal in an Instant Pot?”
Amazon still has a lead in connectivity. If you have a fully automated home, Google Home can’t yet connect all of the products and “skills” that Alexa does. But if you’re like most of us, you’re using a personal assistant to answer questions, play music and the news, turn lights on and off, and reading calendar events and the weather. Time to upgrade from Alexa to something much smarter.