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Google Home? I’m not ditching Alexa just yet

by Joey Davidson | October 4, 2016October 4, 2016 12:30 pm PST

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Earlier today during its Pixel-focused event, Google provided more details about its in-home assistant. Dubbed Google Home, this device serves as a speaker with voice assistant technology baked in. It’s obviously connected to Google’s Assistant tech, and it makes use of Google to answer questions and perform tasks.

Google Home sells for $129, and it offers different colored bases for a little customization. If you’ve been standing on the sidelines so far for the in-home assistant tech category, I say put this one on the short list. It’s cheaper than the competition, and it’s bound to be a great product. Google Home will be wonderful, make no mistake.

For the rest of us?

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My name is Joey, and I own an Amazon Echo. Alexa is a central part of my daily life. I’m an avid cook and split the load of running my house with my wife. Alexa is our Spotify player, our to-do list maker, our kitchen timer, our shopping list tracker, our quick access to Wikipedia and more.

I tuned into today’s Google event hoping to learn more about Google Home. I’m an Android user, I live on Gmail and I’ve recently turned to Google Calendar to serve as my lifeline for staying organized.

If the picture hasn’t formed yet, let me paint it for you. I want Google Home to complete my path into the Google ecosystem. I sound like I’m trying to be assimilated by a hive mind here, but it’s true. While I’ll always be wary of my security online, I personally see Google as one of the companies vying to become a pillar of my life online. I want that to happen, too.

As a working parent, I love the idea of a hands-free way to control my home, and one that blends itself into the monumental list of tasks I try to accomplish every day sounds wonderful. I want Google Home to be like Google Now (or Google Assistant, I suppose). I want it to predict my needs and meet me halfway. That’s why I was excited about today’s event.

Instead? We saw Google’s take on Alexa. I don’t want that. I have that. I don’t need more of that. I want Google to show me that I can’t live without it, and all we got today was a voice activated YouTube player that also does Alexa things.

Today? Google had the chance to wow me with its tech. Instead, it offered a pre-recorded presentation that I found far too easy to compare with my Alexa. Literally, I watched live and thought “I can already do that, though” again and again.

That’s not to say I won’t keep an eye on Google Home. Like I said, I’m sitting here like Creed with arms wide open for an in-home device from Google to fully take over. If Home launches and we see that it’s really able to answer questions naturally, I’ll pick one up. I will ditch Alexa for Google.

As the headline of this story suggests, though, I’m not there yet.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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