How smart are your speakers?

Trusu’s office has been considering getting a smart speaker, so we decided to do some research and thought you might find it interesting. Buy one from us now (links below) or check out our new features on the site including our new Last Shipment Page, delivery statuses on orders, and estimated delivery dates to name a few on the 1000’s of products you can order from Amazon, Costco or Walmart.

Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri are being used to set timers, play music, and teach kids how to spell those difficult homework words. In the US, over $75 million USD worth of speakers have been sold to date and sales are expected to continue climbing in the future. This also has major implications for consumers as the growth of the industry has spurred an active developer eco-system which means more apps, and more functionality for the end user – you. Now, you can use the speakers to do a lot of things that even your phone can’t do(check out some of those lists under each heading).

It couldn’t be a better time to buy a speaker for yourself – with constant wifi updates, you don’t have to worry about getting the latest model, it’ll do it by itself.

But, which one should you get?

My personal opinion: Rather than looking at which one to get, get the one that fits your existing set-up, this means you will have a much better time with Google Home if you already have a Google or Android smartphone, and conversely, unlock many features on the Apple Homepod if yours locked into Apple’s ecosystem via iTunes/iPhone or Mac.

If your agnostic to these ecosystems, let’s take a quick comparison:

Amazon Echo

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Pros:

Alexa has the upper hand in having more ‘skills’ and working with a greater and broader variety of third-party apps (such as Local News, FoodPanda, Uber, Expedia, status updates via Google Calendar and several integrations with Hong Kong specific apps (GeoExpat Forum).

Cons:

The sound quality of music isn’t as great as the other main competitors and mostly meant to be used as an assistant rather than a speaker.

Skills/Featureshttps://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/806-best-alexa-skills.html

Trusu Buy Now Link: https://trusu.com/products/echo-2nd-generation-charcoal-fabric-600/

Google Home

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Pros:

Because of Google’s extensive work in AI, the Home is one of the best when it comes to picking up foreign accents for commands, recognizing the widest variety of questions, and picking up on contextual details (such as knowing the order in which questions are being asked). Take, for example, you ask Google – “How tall is Yao Ming?” and then ask “How old is he?”. Normally, other AI assistants wouldn’t be able to answer the second questions because ‘he’ isn’t defined explicitly, however, Google is smart enough to understand that you are talking about Yao Ming and answer correctly.

Cons:

Has limited add-ons and no apps as Google completely controls how the speaker works and what it supports.

Skills/Featureshttps://www.pcmag.com/article/353240/200-things-to-ask-your-google-home

Trusu Buy Now Link: https://trusu.com/products/google-home-134297/

Apple Homepod

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Pros:

This smart speaker probably has the most beautiful design and actually adds to your home decor where you won’t want to hide it away. On top of this, if you have existing Apple products, it’ll automatically handle calls, deliver notifications, read texts, and everything else you could expect from direct integration with your iCloud & iTunes account.

Cons:

Similar to Google, not only does Apple control the apps/features the Pod has but also limits functionality for users that don’t have an iPhone or existing iCloud account making it quite unfriendly for any Android users.

Skills/Featureshttps://www.forbes.com/sites/sethporges/2018/04/12/7-things-you-can-do-with-the-apple-homepod-other-than-listen-to-music/

Trusu Buy Now Link: https://trusu.com/products/apple-homepod-space-gray-134436/

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