Google Home Takes On Amazon Echo In The Battle Of Personal Assistants
In what is possibly the most significant technological race since that between the United States and Russia during the Cold War, Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others are competing to create the most advanced “AI” in existence – or at least the most advanced one available to consumers in the form of personal assistants. Within the next ten years, we can expect drastic improvements in the realm of personal assistants, with the end goal being an AI with the intellectual prowess and aptitudes of Jarvis. (We’re not promising Jarvis level in ten years, but you never know!)
These top names in the game seem to be purchasing just about every noteworthy artificial intelligence company on the planet. It almost seems like they are scooping them up faster than new ones form. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and now Google are competing directly to best the others in providing consumers with the most innovative and progressive personal assistant, one that will perhaps exceed even our wildest dreams (but not Iron Man’s.)
In November 2016 the Google Home launched to take on Amazon Echo and Apple Siri in the ring of smart personal assistants. Microsoft’s Cortana is also out there, but doesn’t get “the respect,” nor does it have the reach, of the others.
The Home is Google’s direct response to Amazon’s Echo and Dot, offering similar capabilities to those devices, falling short in some areas, exceeding in others. With frequent updates and additions to these PAs, you, as the consumer, need to understand that it’s not a question of who makes the best personal assistant today, but which personal assistant best fits your needs.
Who will rule your roost – Amazon Echo or Google Home? In the first of two articles, we have outlined some of the more remarkable areas of each product’s capabilities in the spirit of providing you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. This article speaks on the areas in which the Echo and the Home measure up in terms of knowledge and personal assisting. We’ll save comparisons with Siri for another time.