Here at HIVE we get asked all the time which voice assistant does the best job controlling home technology. We decided to create a simple article highlighting the pros & cons of each major platform to help our clients decide for themselves which one works best for their home.

Since Amazon’s Echo cylindrical smart speaker burst onto the scene in 2014, the world’s been awash in voice activated gear. It seems like you can’t swing a dead cat without running into voice-activated toaster ovens, rice cookers, hairbrushes (kidding), and other devices which who knew we needed to control with our voices. Since we’re through the early adopter days of hardware manufacturers touting their gadget has an Alexa or Google Home skill, we’re now through to the next stage; early majority.

So far, we’ve seen Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Apple’s Siri emerge as players in the home with Amazon Alexa holding 60% of the market, Google Home at 30% and Siri at less than 5%. Since Amazon Alexa and Google Home are two major players, it makes sense to focus on them for our side-by-side comparison.

Amazon Alexa Google Home
Multiroom Audio

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Works with major streaming services & Sonos Works with major streaming services & Sonos
Lighting Control

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Compatible with most major lighting control systems including Lutron, Philips Hue and many others. Compatible with most major lighting control systems including Lutron, Philips Hue and many others.
Video

Native integration with Fire TV and strong support with Logitech Harmony. Basic shortcut support available for Control4, Crestron and Savant which can sometimes mean using awkward language commands. Not as strong a category for Google right now since they were late to the party but their presence is growing. Google Home commands for TV may require third party skills necessitating memorized non-linear verbal commands.
Simplicity

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Since Amazon has been around longer, they’ve had more time to refine their offering and support more natural language commands. Google isn’t going anywhere and its ability to answer more complex questions can’t be denied. With coming developments in AI, watch for Google to play catchup quickly.
Answer Accuracy*

* According to Loup Ventures Annual Digital Assistant IQ Test 

80% 93%

 

Technology changes constantly, so we’ll be sure to update this article as we see new meaningful industry developments. In the meantime, good luck and remember we’re here for you if you find yourself surrounded by a bunch of techo-junk which looked really good on Amazon but may not magically work out of the box.

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