Google Home was recently introduced as the smart A.I powered Bluetooth speaker that’s certainly not a replica of other products out there, such as but not limited to Amazon’s Echo. Hey Alexa, no pun intended; this one’s all about Google’s lack of innovativeness.
The latest but not so cool Google Home smart speaker:
On the upside, if you are a budget user, you can buy Google Home for $130 a pop, it is a slightly less rate than other A.I powered smartphone speakers out there. Of course, Amazon came first in the industry with something innovative such as Amazon Echo, where its official A.I is Alexa: a female computer voice bot.
Akexa/ Amazon Echo is powered by Lambda, an independent Amazon platform to help developers enhance the Echo, and introduce better features. Google, on the other hand, released Home after following in the footsteps of Amazon, and various other companies that are already offering products based on similar features.
A few guys at iFixit conducted a breakdown of the Google Home A.I speaker to find out that there is nothing really new about it. The teardown led to discovery of RAM, processor and other components, which were part of the year-old company’s video dongle series. Another interesting thing is that it is very easy to take apart/ disassemble Google Home because the product uses your standard cross and straight line screws.
While people are ranting that Google Home is a carbon copy of Amazon Echo, Google still has something up its sleeves – and that my friends is the data aspect. The moment you link your Google account to Home, the speaker can learn each and every thing about your Google activities; the check in, the hangout activities, the search history, your location history etc.
This data is then used by Google Home to predict and synchronize with your entire day-to-day activities. Amazon does not have a search engine such as Google, so it will always be slightly a step behind Google Home in regards to data set. However, Amazon has its own data sets and data processing methods, which, I believe, are being used to enhance Alexa’s learning curve.
Google is also known to have recycled Chromecast’s other components for Google Home, but no one is complaining. Of course, the company has the right to create a product using a cost-efficient means – this speaker is a testament to it. The only question is where will Home and Alexa go in future from this point onward?