Tell me about the things Amazon Echo and Google Home don’t do.We talk a lot about the cool things Amazon and Google have pulled off with the Echo and Home speakers, but the one big thing these speakers have in common is room to grow. Neither system is perfect, and the things these speakers get wrong or just plain can’t do are an important metric of what the teams working on these gadgets see as a priority.
With that in mind, we’ve got a quick guide for you to see what exactly these connected speakers are missing or don’t get quite right.
Multiple Wake Words — Echo has it, Home does not
While the world waits for the ability to set whatever word you want as the trigger for waking up a connected home speaker, Amazon Echo speakers have multiple options while Google Home only has one.
It’s slim pickings, but being able to choose between Alexa, Echo, Amazon, and Computer is way better than choosing between Hey Google and OK Google.
Multi-room music — Home has it, Echo does not
The only thing better than one Google Home is two Google Homes, at least when you’re trying to play some music throughout your house.
Google Home is part of the Google Cast system, which means you can connect to any Google Home and play as one speaker and even add in Chromecast Audio speakers if you use the Chromecast function on your phone. Amazon Echo doesn’t do anything even close to this yet.
Sleep Timer — Echo has it, Home does not
Listening to music or podcasts is one of the best parts of having a connected speaker nearby. Having that podcast continue on without you because you fell asleep halfway through is considerably less cool.
If you feel yourself getting tired, you can ask an Amazon Echo to