Today we will be taking a look at Amazon Alexa (also known as Amazon Echo) and Google Home, which are the top two smart home assistants currently out on the market.
One thing our society has a fascination with is tech gadgets. Every year new tech gadgets are released that make our lives easier while adding convenience to the tasks we all have to do every day. One of the most popular tech gadgets that has been released in recent years are smart home or voice control assistants. In this post we will compare Amazon’s Alexa with Google Home and see how they tie in with home security systems such as Link Interactive and Alarm.com. **
The first smart home assistant we will be taking a look at is Amazon’s Alexa. Amazon first released their first generation of Alexas in November 2014. Since then Alexa has undergone some changes by adding even more features with every generation of Alexas that have been released. Alexa is more widely known by Echo with the standard Echo and the Echo Dot.
The Echo Dot is the most popular Alexa out on the market with the third generation of the Echo Dot being the most current. The Echo Dot is very small, its about the size of a coaster and is as thick as a cream filled doughnut. It works by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network, and it is powered through an AC power source so you want to make sure you have one nearby.
Setting up the Echo Dot is pretty simple. All you need to do to set up an Echo Dot is to simply plug it in and download the Alexa app. The Alexa app is free to download and works for Apple and Android devices. The Alexa app will connect your Echo Dot to your WIFI network, and you can customize all of the features for your Echo Dot through the Alexa app.
The Echo Dot has a built-in speaker with microphone. You can use the built-in speaker to stream music, get verbal weather reports, get verbal Amazon.com shipping notifications, and get verbal responses to any questions you ask your Echo Dot. The Echo Dot’s microphone allows you to use its voice command remote to do various things like searching the internet. The Echo Dot then can connect all your smart home, home automation devices, and video surveillance equipment to one place. You can use the Echo Dot’s voice command remote to control any device that is connected and compatible with Alexa.
The next smart assistant we will be taking a look at is Google’s Google Home. Google Home was first released back in November 2016. It was meant as an alternative to the popular Amazon Alexa that was out at the time. Google Home has had some updates and redesigns since then, and they now offer the Google Home and the Google Home Mini.
The Google Home is the most popular version of Google Home, but the Google Home Mini is rising in popularity. The Google Home has a cone shaped design that isn’t very wide, and it is about as tall as a 24 oz. bottle of soda. It works by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network, and it is powered through an AC power source.
To install your Google Home, you simply need to plug it in and download the Google Home app for Apple or Android Devices. The Google Home app will connect your Google Home to your WIFI, and it will allow you to customize your Google Home’s features. The Google Home has a built-in speaker with microphone. You can stream music through Google Home’s built-in speakers. You will also get verbal notifications for any devices or services you have connected to your Google Home.
The built-in microphone allows you to access Google Home’s voice remote. The Google Home voice remote lets you use voice commands to do various things. You can control smart home devices, browse the internet, and much more using Google Home’s voice remote. Google Home also connects all of your compatible security, smart home, and video surveillance to one place which allows you to control these types of devices using voice commands.
Alexa and Google Home are petty similar when it comes their features. They both have built-in speakers with a microphone, voice remotes, and are powered and work they same. Alexa and Google Home both allow you to stream music, control connected devices, and customize features of compatible connected devices. They both also allow you to do web browsing and shopping using voice commands.
They vary slightly when it comes to certain features. Alexa has much better sound quality, and it allows you connect it to more powerful bluetooth speakers. Google Home Assistant is better at understanding what you are asking it to do due to its predictive software. Compatibility also varies when it comes to Alexa and Google Home.
One of the commonalities that we like between Alexa and Google Home is they both can be used with Alarm.com home security services. Many top security companies use Alarm.com to power their app. Alexa and Google Home assistant’s voice remotes allow you to control the features of Alarm.com or your Link Interactive home security system using voice commands. You can activate any cameras that are powered through Alarm.com using voice commands as well as stream live and recorded video using voice commands. You can arm and disarm your system using voice commands through Alexa and Google Home. Any smart home devices such as smart lights can be controlled using voice commands through Alexa and Google Home. They also allow you to check the status of your security system and the equipment connected to it using voice commands.
Voice control with Link Interactive
Technology has come a long way during the last decade. Smart home assistants are probably the most popular tech gadget out on the market. Smart home assistants such as Alex and Google Home are designed to make our lives easier, and are a great investment. If you are looking to purchase one of these smart assistants so you can use it to control your home security smart home system, give Link Interactive a shot. At Link Interactive, our home security and home automation systems are fully compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home.