Hands free calling:
Google - Call any mobile or landline phone. No capability to talk to another Google Home.
Amazon - Can only call another Echo device in your contacts. But great for internal intercom within the same home if only you could specifically pick the device to call, not every one of them ringing.
**The Echo to Echo brings up privacy issues as there is no way to block anyone from calling your Echo. Whole other topic of privacy and security here.
Google - Can recognize an individual’s voice and act accordingly bringing up calendars, events, playing favorites automatically based on the person Google hears.
Amazon - Wakes up and automatically tries to order a pizza for me when it hears the Domino’s commercial on TV
Google - ok Google. I agree this is stupid. Now Hey Google to me is somewhat a natural expression other than the word is Google.
Amazon - ok, calling echo by a single name might seem natural, but being locked down to Amazon, Alexa or Echo for names is kind of silly
Google - Not here yet
Amazon - We will find out on June 28 how this fairs. But if they don’t add facial recognition to the camera, I will be disappointed.
Then there’s visual presentation and automatically loading photos, YouTube, calendar and other events straight to the TV based on voice recognition. If you didn’t watch the keynote / presentation yesterday, you should.
I have 1 Echo, 3 Dots and a Show on the way, but after watching and listening to the presentation yesterday, my honest opinion is that for some of what I listed above and for many things I didn’t mention that were discussed, I think that Google just took a major foothold and will soon pass Amazon in this space, and with 2 billion Google devices in play, I don’t see that slowing down anytime soon. They may have been slow out of the gate (2 years behind), but I think the ground they just gained puts them right there. Remains to be seen.
Both of these companies might learn a lesson from SNL, which would really help Amazon in the case below. Felt this video needed to be posted again for those who didn’t watch this past weekend: