Which AI Personal Assistant Should You Put Your Money On?
The world is moving towards smart living where security is managed by apps, food is prepared by automatic kitchen appliances, and daily chores are managed with the help of smartphones. Normally, you would have to attend to each of these agendas distinctly from the devices they are controlled. But, that’s not the scenario anymore.
With an AI personal voice assistant, you can control them all at once and do much more. The fusion of artificial intelligence and Internet of Things brings you the best technological gadget you would have hoped for. The question here is – which one should you buy?
That’s right. Like everywhere else, this new product segment also faces competition. And, when your competitor is equally tough, the products that come out barely have any lacuna. So, what do you do when every product looks the best to you. Well, you compare. Let’s discuss them one by one.
1. Amazon Echo
The first company to make a head start in this direction was Amazon, so it would be less polite of us if we don’t start with it. Amazon rolled out its hands-free personal assistant Echo in 2014. The device used Alexa voice service to respond to user’s questions and commands. In less than 2 years, Amazon was able to sell over 3 million units.
2. Google Home
A voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant, Home is the answer to Amazon Echo. The backing of a ubiquitous search engine makes Home provide accurate answers to contextual questions asked by users.
3. Lenovo’s Smart Assistant
The recent entrant in the market of AI voice assistant is Lenovo’s Smart Assistant. The device is powered by Alexa as well and they claim that the device is everything users have been getting with Echo and Home and everything they missed in these two – at a cheaper price of course.
Amazon Echo Vs. Google Home Vs. Lenovo’s Smart Assistant
|Amazon Echo (A)||Google Home (G)||Smart Assistant (L)||Winner|
|Design||Dark chassis with a sturdy build and matte black finish||Plain white body, LED lights on the top, swappable modular base||Tall, cylinder route, but not a monolithe. Available in light gray, green, and orange||G|
|Music||Plays music from Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and others||Plays music from Google Play Music, YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn||TBA||A|
|Speaker Quality||Tweeter, subwoofer, and 7 microphones with 360 degrees coverage||Tweeter, Subwoofer, and 2 microphones. Speakers crackle at higher volumes||Tweeter, subwoofer, and 8 microphones (Harmon Kardon edition is available in higher versions)||L|
|Personal Assistant Features||Set reminders, get directions, add events to calendar, get a personalized daily briefing, check flight status, track a shipment||Add items to calendar, check flight status, track package, can’t add events to calendar||TBA||A|
|Answering Questions||Somewhat obscure answers||A large database and a ubiquitous search engine enables it to give answers that are almost always accurate.||TBA||G|
|Smart Home Controller Third-Party Support||Nest, Ecobee, SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lifx, Big Ass Fans, IFTTT, other devices via “skills”||Nest, SmartThings, Philips Hue, IFTTT. Superb support for Chromecast||TBA||A|
|Other Features||Order a pizza from Domino’s, request a ride from Uber, and more||Ability to group your speakers and control TV||TBA||G|
|Major Shortcomings||High price, obscure answers but not very often||Third party support, speakers||TBA||A|
As per the comparison, Amazon Echo clearly wins the verdict. Amazon wins from its maturity and better third-party support, whereas Google has a lot of catching up to do. However, the specifications of Lenovo’s smart assistant also puts it as one of the frontrunners in this race.
If you are thinking about buying one of them right away, Amazon Echo is what I would suggest. However, if you can wait for a few months, may be Google will extend its third party support or Lenovo’s SA can prove to have more potential.