Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which Personal Assistant is Better?

Google Home will officially take on Amazon Echo on November 4, 2016 when it starts shipping. Who will win the battle of virtual assistants? Here's a comparison of Google Home and Amazon Echo.

Google Home will ship on November 4, 2016 for $129 - that’s $50 less than Amazon Echo.

Google Home also comes with a free six-month trial of YouTube red, an ad-free version of the video sharing site. Google Home is coming to the U.S. only at first, and will be sold through the Google Play Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Google is already taking pre-orders.

Google Home is really all about Google Assistant, the AI-based virtual assistant that is looking to one-up Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and Microsoft’s Cortana. Google Assistant hopes to let you engage in natural conversations to get things done.

So, Google Home will allow you to play music through its speaker or wirelessly to speakers connected to Google’s Chromecast or Chromecast Audio devices. It’ll also turn on lights, set alarms, translate languages and so on.

It sounds very similar to Amazon Echo. But is Google Home too late to the game? Amazon Echo has been around since 2014 and has sold more than 3 million units. So, we thought it’d be fun to compare Google Home and Amazon Echo. Below is a quick comparison chart of the two virtual assistants.

Amazon Echo has had a head-start and, therefore, has more skills. But the battle of the virtual assistants is officially on. Who do you think will come out victorious?

Google HomeAmazon Echo
Voice CommandsYesYes
Always ListeningYesYes
Wake-up Phrase“OK, Google”“Alexa,” “Amazon,” or “Echo”
Music Streaming OptionsGoogle Play Music, Spotify, Pandora,
iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora,
iHeartRadio, TuneIn, others
Smart Home CompatabilityNest, Philips Hue, Samsung, IFTTT - more to comeNest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon
Belkin, WeMo, Philips Hue, Big Ass Fans,
IFTTT and more through Alexa Skills Store
Customizable AppearanceYesNo
Stereo System OutputYes (via ChromeCast)Yes, but only on Amazon Dot
Synced Audio Playback to Multiple DevicesYes, to any ChromeCast deviceNo
Personal Assistant AbilitiesManager calendar, make shopping and to-do lists, check flights, track packagesAmazon Echo has more than 1,000 skills
ConnectivityWi-FiBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Operating SystemsAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
Weight1.05 lbs1.7 lbs
Size5.62 inches tall x 3.79 inches in diameter9.25 tall x 3.27 long x 3.27 inches deep
ColorWhite body, Slate fabricBlack




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