Other terms uses for these Artificial Intelligence Voice Assistant devices, and software are:
Smart Assistant, Smart Speaker,
Digital Assistant, personal digital assistant, voice activated device, and Far Field Voice Technology.
Amazon Dot Google Mini
Other Echo speaker models
* Other Google Assistant Speakers
They all answer questions:
What time is it?
What is the weather tomorrow?
And do things like:
Set an alarm for 6 AM
Add milk to my shopping list
Play some classical music.
In addition to its built-in features, the Alexa platform includes a growing list (more than 15,000 at last count) of "Skills," akin to apps on a smartphone, that unlock capabilities such as reading recipes, ordering pizza, or calling an Uber.
|Hardware ||Software ||Price ||Best at ||Audio
|Amazon Echo Plus and Dot ||Alexa ||$149 |
|Widest smart-home device support.
Lights, switches, thermostat |
Video calling with Echo Spor or Echo Show
|Amazon Echo Show ||Alexa ||$60-$170 ||Video Calls, Amazon Prime videos, see what music you’re playing, pause, or skip tracks ||
|Sonos One ||Alexa |
|$200 ||Similar to Echo, Better sound ||
|Google Home |
|Google Assistant, Google Now ||$129 |
|Home entertainment control. Interface to smart TV (or a TV with chromecast attached) or audio. |
Best at answering general questions.
|Apple HomePod speaker |
Apple iPhone, iPad
|Siri (Sassy) ||$350 ||Best sound ||
|MICROSOFT Invoke Smart Speaker |
|Cortana || ||Good at answering questions ||
|JBL Link 20 || ||$200 || ||Wi-Fi
|Harman Kardon Invoke ||Cortina ||$100 ||best speaker for Skype ||
|UE Blast and Megablast ||$230 |
| || ||
Amazon Echo Dot (Alexa):
Google Home Mini:
- 1st generation Google Home Mini - Model HOA
- 2nd generation Google Nest Mini (2019)
Indicator lights over volume change touch spot
Power jack not micro USB
Machine learning chip onboard (less cloud access)
Sample Answers to Questions or Commands
Far-field voice input processing (FFVIP). - The ability of a microphone to separate voices from noise when the speaker is 12 to 15 feet away.
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last updated 26 Mar 2020