Published: Sat, September 30, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Smart Home Weekly: Should You Use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

Smart Home Weekly: Should You Use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

IC-design house MediaTek has been benefiting from Amazon's launch of its Echo family products, said the sources, adding that MediaTek is now the primary chipset supplier for Echo smart speakers, accounting for over 50% of Amazon's purchases of chips for Echo products, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report. As per the report, the Google' smart home device could sport screen similar to that of the Echo Show.

However, given the Echo Show's presence (Amazon just released it in the United Kingdom following the US-only launch), there's now "internal pressure" to get Google's rival out this year.

Sources also say that will also run a version of Android for enabling the third parties to create any App for it.

Google also announced today that parents in the United States can now try out its Family Link app without an invite. But it's still day one, and today we're making Echo and Alexa even better.

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Amazon has expanded its range of Alexa-powered Echo devices by introducing a few alongside upgrading the existing one. To increase its lead further, Amazon threw out a big surprise this week by releasing six new hardware products. Next week on October 4, Google will be unveiling new products including the Pixel 2 smartphones and the smaller Google Home. Google's current sole device in the Smart Home arena is the Google Home smart speaker, which erm... echoes the functionality of Amazon's original Echo speaker.

The new Echo Plus significantly expands the Alexa platform as a controller for the smart home, since it acts as a sort of hub via Zigbee support.

In case you missed the event, we have listed all the major announcements down below.

The Echo Show was originally launched with YouTube support, Google blocked the YouTube access on Show citing violation of terms of service. Each of you could have an Echo Button, and whoever slaps their button first will get the first chance to answer the Jeopardy! question - just like how contestants compete on the show.

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The technology giant would be manufacturing a speaker that would keep certain similarities with the Amazon Echo Show.

The screen can also stream a video feed from compatible smart cameras, and contains a camera of its own that you can view a live feed of from the Alexa app.

Google's decision to manufacture such a device, of course, is not accidental.

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