Google Assistant vs Alexa: Is it a fair comparison? In this quick article, I will go over some of the key differences that can help you make the decision that is best for your needs.
Google’s Google Assistant has been receiving rave reviews for its conversational abilities and ability to help with everyday tasks. However, while Google claims it can help you do everything from set timers, check your schedule, take a note and even find answers to simple questions it is important to note that the majority of the tasks this device was designed to perform were not part of its original vision.
On the other hand, Alexa’s capabilities are almost exclusively geared toward helping you do tasks that require you to use your voice. This is why it is sometimes difficult for a consumer to understand why Alexa is considered such an impressive device compared to Google’s.
When it comes to actually do things on Alexa, most of the tasks you can perform are very similar to those you can perform on Google. Most of the tasks on Alexa require you to use your voice to speak the command (as in Google), enter the data required and then be able to speak a confirmation message once the command has been completed. This is pretty much what Google Assistant does as well.
The fact of the matter is that you cannot just say Google “OK Google” and expect your Assistant to do what you want it to. For example, one of my favourite commands is to ask Alexa to play a song. You will need to first tell Alexa what song you want to play and then she will play it.
On the other hand, when asking Google to play a song you will only get the ability to search by artist name. As you may know, there are hundreds of thousands of songs available, but if you are looking for a specific song, then you will likely only get the first few results which may be a different artist altogether.
To make it even more confusing, many of the apps and services which have voice recognition now allow you to type in the lyrics and perform a similar command on your device itself. This is something that Google does not currently offer.
So, it is not surprising that many consumers wonder which one is better, Alexa or Google Assistant. The decision really depends on how you want to use your device. If you want a device that can do a wide variety of tasks but still have the conversational features of Google, then Google Assistant will be the better option.
If you want to simply use it to ask Alexa to play a song, then Google Assistant is what you should look at. However, if you want something more, such as asking Alexa for a location, you will likely find that you can do that much more with Google.
Of course, there are some features that both devices offer that both Alexa and Google do not. For example, you can ask your device to remember your favourite song while playing it back for you on its screen and Alexa will also remember your favourite places by searching the web for them. This is the same feature that you will find with Google Maps.
One of the biggest differences between the two devices is that Google does not allow you to program the device to play music. The only thing it allows you to do is to answer basic questions and commands. This is a feature that you will find attractive.
The only way that it would work for me is if I wanted to start a radio station in my home and would want to ask Alexa to play a song. However, this is a feature that you cannot do on Google. In the end, the decision of which one you should purchase will be up to you.