Amazon’s Echo and Google Home
Voice assistants, like Amazon’s Echo, are getting rave reviews across the board. These devices are easy to use, simple to connect and surpass the initial “fun new device” novelty phase. How easy are they to connect? According to Southern Living, connecting the Echo is as easy as saying “’Alexa, discover my compatible devices,’ and the product syncs itself to them automatically so you can look up a recipe or call an Uber without having to use any other apps.” The latest version of the Echo Plus can connect to your other smart home hubs, raise or lower your thermostat, check the sports scores, give you a traffic update, help you shop and even read you audiobooks, among many other features. You can change the skin to match your interior’s colors, and the latest smart speaker has outstanding clarity. While the Echo has gotten the most attention, Google Home made waves recently when it revealed that its assistant offers Google Interpreter Mode which can translate up to 27 languages on screen and out loud, as opposed to the six currently offered by Echo’s Alexa.