Google Home Mini vs Amazon Echo Second Generation:
The first generation of the smart speakers from Google was released in 2014. They were very popular among kids, but they did not have enough features to satisfy everyone. However, it seems like the second generation of these devices are much better than their predecessors. These new models come with a number of useful features which make them suitable for many different uses.
They are easy to use and do not require any special training before using them. You just need to say the command “OK Google” followed by your request and then you get the answer immediately. There is no need to wait for the response or ask again later. This makes them ideal for those who want quick answers without having to think too hard about what they are asking for.
They also provide you with weather reports, traffic updates, sports scores, news headlines etc..
These smart speakers are available in two versions – one which comes with a voice assistant called Alexa and another version which does not. Both of them work pretty well together and can be used to perform almost all functions that you would expect from a smart speaker.
Amazon Echo Dot vs Google Home Mini:
The Amazon Echo Dot is a small device made out of plastic with an LED light at its top. This LED light glows blue whenever the device is connected to Wi-Fi and is ready to take voice commands. The design of this smart speaker is nothing out of the ordinary, but it gets the job done.
The smaller model of the Amazon Echo is not very expensive and you can pick one up for less than $50. This makes it an affordable option for most people. On the other hand, the Google Home Mini is a little bit more expensive and starts at $49.
The biggest difference between both of these devices is that the Amazon Echo has its own virtual assistant called Alexa while the Google Home uses Google Assistant. Both of these are pretty good at understanding natural language and can answer most questions you throw at them. They can also perform several tasks such as setting alarms, giving commute times, playing music, providing weather reports etc.
However, it must be kept in mind that these are not always accurate. For instance, the other day I was trying to play the “I’m Dreaming” song by Blondie and both of them kept playing “I’m Dying” by Get Dead. I even tried phrasing it differently – “play blondie'” and “play get dead” – but nothing seemed to work. I ended up having to use my phone to play the song I wanted.
Everything else such as setting an alarm, getting the weather report etc. worked just fine. Both of these devices can also control several smart home devices such as lights, fans, televisions etc. Keep in mind that you will have to say “turn on the fan” instead of just “fan on”.
This is because these devices rely on voice commands rather than buttons.
The sound quality of these speakers is also pretty good. You can definitely listen to music on these things, but you cannot really crank them up to louder than 50%. Both of these devices have the ability to connect to other Bluetooth speakers as well via their respective apps.
One of the main advantages of using these smart speakers is that they can easily integrate with several web services such as Uber, Google Calendar, Fitbit, Philips Hue etc.
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