We are living in a world currently where we require assistance of someone every now and then. Gone are those days when people used to do things on their own. People used to be multitalented with their feet in almost every possible thing. But now, we seek assistance for smallest of things. Because we cannot have someone by our side all the time, the tech giants like Apple, Google and other have created virtual assistant. Just like you would have personal assistant, now you have your virtual assistant in your pocket in your smartphone and also in your home connected to the internet ready with all the answer to your queries.
About Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant
Now as we know they are virtual assistants ready to provide service whenever and wherever you seek, lets know something about them first.
Amazon Alexa is a virtual assistant developed by Amazon, first used in Amazon Echo and the Amazon Echo Dot smart speakers developed by Amazon Lab126. Alexa is used as home automation. It can control several smart devices, can play songs for you, interact with u just like another human, sort your to-do list, set alarms and many more, you just ask it, she can do it for you. Alexa is available in Amazon’s home automation devices and can be activated saying “Alexa”, it is also available for other devices in form of app where user need to push button to activate. It was launched in November 2014 along Amazon Echo.
Siri is a virtual assistant developed by Apple Inc. for its iOS, macOS, HomePod and tvOS operating systems. The assistant uses voice queries and a natural-language user interface to answer the queries, make recommendations and help in other related tasks. The software adopts to the individual’s preferences learning through their usage patterns. It was first released as an app for iOS on February 2010 and later was integrated on iPhones from October 2011 onwards.
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Google Assistant is another virtual assistant in the race, powered by artificial intelligence and developed by Google and is primarily available in mobile devices and smart home devices. Unlike Google Now, Google Assistant can engage in two-way conversations. It first was announced in May 2016 as part of Google’s messaging app Allo, and its voice-activated speaker Google Home.
As of above information, we can clearly see that Apple’s Siri is the oldest and Google Assistant being the eldest, with Amazon’s Alexa in between. So, it would be interesting to know which has been doing great in the field of Virtual Assistant.
As of now, all three tech giants have their devices for the home automation released. Amazon with Alexa for Echo and Echo dot, Apple with Siri for HomePod and Google with Google assistant for Google Home.
Alexa Vs Siri Vs Google Assistant on Mobile and Smart Home Devices
All of these Assistants are available on Home devices as well as on mobile devices, the comparison is merged with both mobile and smart home devices. Some of the topic that can be compared are as below.
- Recognizing voices
Apple’s iPhone is equipped with voice recognition feature i.e. it can distinguish among users but it is no the same case for Apple’s HomePod. The HomePod as of now doesn’t have that voice depth recognition feature to distinguish between voices. Anyone who approaches with words “Hey Siri” can access the Homepod, leaving the security to mess. Both Alexa and Google assistant have the feature to train the devices according to the user’s preferences and can distinguish with voice who the user is.
- Making Calls
As of now, you have no facility of making or receiving a call on the HomePod. You can use the Apple speaker just to hear to the conversation. Making and receiving call is done through iPhone.
On Alexa and Google Assistant enabled speaker, you can make calls through simple voice commands. On Alexa u can receive calls from other Echo speakers only. Google assssistant can’t receive calls. But you can text from all 3 devices.
- Music Service
Alexa and Google Assistant support a number of third-party music services like Spotify and YouTube and can play you a song from them with no trouble at all.
Siri on the HomePod on the other hand is caught in its own Apple Ecosystem. You cannot play songs from third-party app. If you want to do so, you have to do it manually.
- Conversational Questions
Siri on HomePod, stands in par with its counterpart Alexa and Google Assistant. Siri cannot respond to some question that Siri on iPhone produces a link to, but Google Assistant and Alexa has no trouble answering with their voices on which Siri might suffer. Though on the conversational part, Siri and Google Assistant answers the questions done about a topic without any reference to previous question. But Alexa struggles with the conversational questions.
- Smart Home
Apple has done a great job with the integration of some of the devices with the Apple HomePod, and can perform the tasks with just a “Hey Siri” command. Alexa and Google on the other hand provides some “invocation” words to communicate with the devices it does not support natively and provides a great opportunity to the developers to work around for the support. Because Apple is stuck on its own Ecosystem, as of now, it tries to avoid such chunky and clunky phrases as commands by simply not offering the partnership with unsupported devices.
Though Apple being the oldest and Google being the youngest in the Virtual Assistant market, we can say that Google can easily beat Apple in some areas whereas they share common points in other areas. Alexa being in the middle, works around better than Apple sometimes but not as Google all the time. All these Virtual Assistants in context of home-automation has a long way to go and plenty of time to upgrade themselves to better than before. Alexa and Google would be a smart choice to make in context of home-automation with huge number of third party support whereas Apple decides to stick with handful of premium brands.
Hence Google Assistant as Smart Home Assistant is a good idea followed by Alexa and Siri. They share the same platform but yet have differences in terms of usability.