There are, however, many games of all types available on Google as well. Your one Google Assistant extends to help you across devices, like Google Home, your phone, and more.
Settings can vary by device and Google app version. You can't just say "Alexa, play Jeopardy," you have to go to your smartphone and add the skill via the app. ", Plan your trip: "What are some attractions in New York City?
Set an alarm: "Set an alarm for 7 AM" or "Set an alarm for every Friday morning at 7 AM. You can go into your Alexa smartphone app to delete them.
", Send an email: "Send an email to Kristin, subject new shoes, message, I can't wait to show you my new shoes, full stop.
Con: Amazon missed out on the smartphone revolution, and thus has no phone platform to exploit.
You can say "Ok Google" to do voice actions with other apps on your device. Con: Google is more focused on the "Assistant," than on new products, unlike Amazon.
Beyond the lineup of eight Echo speakers, ranging from $22 to $199, Amazon says Alexa is on 100 million devices (mostly Amazon speakers) and is available on over 28,000 smart home products, including the Ring video doorbell, Sonos One speaker, lights from Philips and a new Anker soundbar. (Disclaimer about financial data), Calculate the tip: "What's the tip for 42 dollars?
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Itâs your own personal Google, always ready. or "How old is Beyonce? After you make the change, listen up - you may hear some fun surprises along the way. If you want to be asked each time before opening the app: These actions are available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, and South Africa.
You choose what to share with your Google Assistant. Beyond using your voice to command video clips, the displays make great photo viewers, and here Google has the advantage, with its widely used Photos app.
Some aren't available in every language. Just start with âOk Googleâ or touch and hold the Home button. “Hey Google, play my Morning playlist” Learn more “Ok Google, take me to Agra” Learn more. But if you're new to the category, know that before you buy, you have to make a basic decision – which format to sign up to. Hey Google and Alexa, how easy is it to take control? This year, Amazon introduced a smaller, 8-inch Show for $99, down from the $229 10-inch version, and Google brought out a larger, 10-inch Hub Max, also $229. Instead, they are really just voice commands. ", Translate words or phrases: "How do you say cucumber in Spanish?
See more below. Ready to help, wherever you are. ", Find nearby places: "Where's the closest coffee shop?
", See SMS (text) messages: "Show me my messages from Brian about dinner. If you ever ask your Assistant for help from other services, you stay in control of the information that you share.
", Play music: "Play Macklemore" or "Play Can't Hold Us.
"Amazon has doubled down on its strength – the home," says Voicebot.ai editor Bret Kinsella. To go beyond asking for the weather and playing the latest Ariana Grande song, for Alexa you need to download a "skill," to enable the smart speaker to do something a little extra.
", Create a Google Calendar event: "Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM.
You can find and delete these recordings from your Google Account. Google: The biggest pro is 85% market share of worldwide smartphone usage, with the Android platform giving it more tools to work with, and more ways to extend the natural "Hey, Google… All still answer to "Hey, Google," though. Amazon, which launched the Echo speaker five years ago, in November 2014, continues to dominate smart speakers, with rival Google catching up.
", Play a radio station from Google Play: "Play some music.
OK, Google, so what's it going to be?
Earlier this year, it decided to change the name of some Home products to the Nest brand, since Google-owned Nest makes a popular home thermostat. ", Start a Hangouts video call: "Start a video call" or "Video call Jane using Hangouts. Amazon has a 61% market share in smart speakers, to Google's 24%, according to Voicebot.ai.
", See your upcoming bills: "My bills" or "My Comcast bills 2013. ", Search within apps on your device: "Search for Thai food on Yelp.
Finally, let us clear up some confusion.
", Learn about a TV show you're watching: "What's on TV?
This is currently available only on certain apps, and only certain phrases work.
", Call a friend: "Call Lindsay Hampson" or "Call Mom.
(The Amazon Echo Dot even has a Black Friday sale price of $22.). ", Find new music: "What songs do Mumford and Sons sing?
You can find them in the Google Home smartphone app for iOS or Android by clicking Explore in the Google Assistant tab. Amazon says some 100,000 skills now exist for Alexa.
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", (Unless you're a tech reviewer like me, and you've got the Google Assistant, Alexa and Apple's Siri chirping away at you all day.). Follow USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham (@jeffersongraham) on Twitter. ", Get stock prices: "What's the Google stock price?" Apple released the HomePod in 2018, but it sold poorly (with a 2% market share), and Apple hasn't updated the category. //www.google.com/tools/feedback/metric/report, Entertainment (music, movies, TV, books & images), On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google app. If voice search is available in your language and country, you can say most of these examples. or "What's the weather like tomorrow morning? You or Alexa?
But the pint-sized version is now called the Nest Mini, and the larger, video display unit is the Nest Hub Max, which last year was the Google Home Max.
Learn more about how you can get help from your Assistant. ", Text a friend: "Text Jason that I'm running 5 minutes late. "Google's priorities are in other places.". ", Convert between units: "What's 16 ounces in pounds? Hey Google and Alexa, how easy is it to take control? Tell it to do things.
And like the Seattle based e-tailer, it has privacy issues as well. ", Send a Hangouts chat message: "Send a Hangouts message to Bob" or "Start a Hangouts chat.
Data rates may apply. Ask it questions. Your photos appear on the screen in rotation throughout the day, which they also do on the Echo Show, but there they are via Amazon's Photos app, which isn't as robust, and harder to navigate.
", Read a book from Google Play: "Read Ender's Game.
The Show had a major disadvantage originally in that it couldn't play clips from Google's YouTube due to a corporate spat, but the companies have since made up. or "When's my next meeting? ", Bluetooth: "Turn on Bluetooth" or "Turn off Bluetooth.
", Watch a movie from Google Play: "Watch Frozen. You can say "Hey Google" whether your screen is on or off.
Google, which has seven speakers, from $25 to $249, counters that the Assistant is on over 1 billion devices, but those are primarily Android smartphones. If you use the Google app on more than one device, turn on "Hey Google" on each device. Google: The biggest pro is 85% market share of worldwide smartphone usage, with the Android platform giving it more tools to work with, and more ways to extend the natural "Hey, Google" commands into our daily lives. ", Check your voicemail: "Listen to voicemail. ", Set a reminder: "Remind me to call John at 6 PM" or "Remind me to buy Belgian chocolate at Ghirardelli Square.
Google also automatically records every query, but will only let you delete the recordings on a three-month or 18-month basis, by going into your Google account and the privacy settings. Beyond recording, Google also tracks your web history, places you visit using Google Maps or the smartphone app to sell targeted ads to marketers.
Check that you have the latest Android version available for your phone.
", Search for images: "Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge. Just say “Hey Google, talk like Issa” to get started.
Sometimes those queries can go a little further into kitchen conversations that happen to include the Alexa wake word.
When you set up your Assistant to use Voice Match, the audio recordings created by your voice models are saved to your Google Account.
When your screen is locked.
You can ask it, however, to play the long-running TV show on Netflix. For example, to see if there's rain in the weather forecast, say, "Hey Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow?". Smart speakers, and the ability to use voice to listen to music, get traffic directions, the latest weather, news updates, recipes and more are among the most popular holiday gift items, with prices starting at around $25.
", Wi-Fi: "Turn on Wi-Fi" or "Turn off Wi-Fi.
So we'll focus just on the two main players, Amazon and Google.
", Answer trivia questions: "Where was Albert Einstein born?"
He likens Google usage to tasks like search, appointment setting and making calls, while Alexa is about "fun," making the house smart, playing games and the like.
Most new products released by Amazon are all about voice interaction (new earbuds, glasses, a ring and more speakers were recently introduced).
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Availability and performance of certain features and services are service, device, and network-dependent and may not be available in all areas. You can use your voice to do actions like search, get directions, and create reminders. For that reason, there are often simply "Google Homes," or "Alexa manors.