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Re: Smart home technologies

Posted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:53 am
by Clint
Jeremy wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:29 am
cutegirl5 wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:20 am
My husband and I have a lot of our home set up through Google Home. My husband is a lot more into it than I am but he much prefers Google over Amazon, there are more capabilities. We have a majority of our lights hooked up so we can tell it to turn our lights on and off, which is amazing! We're also really into music so being able to hook it up to your Spotify or Google music account is really nice as well. You can tell it to play any song you want and 99% of the time it finds it. One thing that's different between Google and Amazon is if you tell it to play a song, Google will continue playing songs that are similar to the song you just played and Amazon will only play the one song and stop. It's been awesome because we have actually found a bunch of new artists we would have never found if it wasn't for the Google Home. Additionally we bought something called a Chromeapple that you hook up to your TV. This allows you to steam Netflix, YouTube etc through your Google Home on your TV. It's super nice and convenient to just tell it to play the last show you were watching on Netflix without even having to lift a finger. We do have a friend who has an Amazon Echo as well and just being over in his home, I much prefer the Google Home, but I could be biased😀 From what I know Google has a lot more capabilities than Amazon right now, not to say Amazon won't get there. Sorry for the long post!
Not trying to start an argument or anything but everything you described is also available with the Amazon platform. I forgot to mention that I also use Amazon Fire stick for my TV. I am actually a huge Google fan and all of the mobile devices that I own are android devices. When I began looking into the smart home assistant technology I decided to go with Amazon for several reasons one of which was cost. And also the reviews I read at the time seamed to favor Amazon on functionality and such.

You could argue for hours about the differences between Google Home and Amazon Echo.
I've tried them both, to be honest right now I'm using Echo. What @cutegirl5 said is true, though.

Combined with IFTTT you can actually do a lot with both of them. Google ,although they offered Home a year after Amazon, has a lot of great features.
I'm sure these smart devices will improve drastically in the next 5 years up to a point where they can be used as a "homebase" for all smart home related things (like security devices etc.)
What I honestly don't like is that they listen all the time...