Which Voice Activated Personal Assistant Should You Choose?

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by Dominic LoBianco

Voice activated personal assistants have come into their own over the last few years. Moving from being mere curiosities to legitimately helpful programs, they’ve become common in many households. If you’re considering investing in one of these assistants, you’ll be faced with a choice between three big names – Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. Understanding which is right for you means looking at which works best.

The Smart Speaker Ecosystem

For most virtual assistant users, the choice between smart assistants is really a choice between different ecosystems. The major players in the game today are all huge tech giants, each of which requires a good bit of buy-in when it comes to its own brand of devices and programs. The good news, the software that goes into producing these personal assistants has greatly improved.

If you’re already using Amazon Prime, Amazon’s Alexa makes a lot of sense. It has skills related to hundreds of Amazon programs and is compatible with devices like the Fire Stick. Alexa also allows users to order items directly from Amazon and to access Amazon products like Amazon Music.

Google’s Home, on the other hand, is designed around Google’s own suite of programs. That makes it incredibly useful for those who have Android phones or who make regular use of Chromecast. Given that Home does sync across devices, it’s a good fit for anyone who is using a phone powered by Google.

Finally, Siri is compatible with Apple’s devices. If you have an Apple computer or an iPhone, Siri should already be familiar. It’s not quite as widely distributed as the other two, but Siri does have a vast install base.

Voice Assistant & IoT Compatibility

A good virtual assistant should be able to work with a variety of other devices. It’s not just a device for playing music or telling you the weather, after all – it has the potential to be the hub for your smart home. While there are many programs that are compatible with virtually every virtual assistant on the market, the places where certain applications and devices fall don’t work feel much more significant.

Amazon’s Alexa tends to have the largest number of compatible smart devices, owing largely to the sheer number of companies that fall under Amazon’s umbrella. Google Home is in a respectable second place here, with the various devices under the Nest umbrella working well with their parent company’s personal assistant. Apple’s got fewer exclusives, but virtually anything that works with a smartphone will work with Apple’s assistant.

Responsiveness to Requests

This is the big one for many consumers. Few things are more obnoxious than having to constantly repeat yourself to a virtual assistant, so it makes sense to look for a product that’s actually going to recognize your voice on the first try.

The good news is that all three of the personal assistants feel relatively intelligent. Google Home tends to be a little bit more responsive than the competition, something that’s likely due to Google’s position as the top of the search engine mountain. Coming in a bit behind – but generally only a bit – is Amazon’s Alexa, with Siri lagging behind both of the competitors in terms of understanding queries and providing pertinent information.

Availability of Voice-enabled Devices

One of the best things about the various personal assistants is that they work on a variety of different platforms. While Alexa, Google Home, and Siri are all assistants that work well on smartphones, they are all also present on a number of other devices.

At the moment, the best smart speakers tend to fall under Amazon’s Echo brand. Not only can you pick up the traditional smart speaker, but there are now a handful of other alternatives under the same brand that have various levels of utility. Google’s Home line is a little less robust, with only three major options, and Apple brings up the rear of the pack with only the Homepod.

The winner here really depends on what ecosystem you already use and what you expect out of the device. If you want responsiveness and you own an Android phone, Home makes the most sense. If you are looking at hardware and availability, you have to go with Alexa. Even if you choose Siri, though, you’ll get access to a virtual assistant that is head and shoulders above what was available just a few years ago.

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Which Voice Activated Personal Assistant Should You Choose?
Dominic LoBianco
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Code Particle Inc. specializes in software design and development for mobile applications, websites, back-end development, 3D, VR & design. Our team of professionals can create innovative designs for your company.

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