There are lots of similarities between Google Assistant and Alexa that make them interchangeable in many situations. Here are some examples.
Voice control is the main selling point for virtual assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, Samsung’s Bixby, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri. Entire areas of the Internet are wondering which system answers questions better and what skills they have.
There is still an unspoken dismissal of the core things that most people use virtual assistants for:
- Timers, reminders and alarms
- News and weather
- Smart home control
We are not saying that you will never perform other tasks or have an identical experience on both Google Assistant and Alexa. But in practice, there is very little difference in the things you often do with voice control.
The only real difference is how voice search answers questions, where Alexa usually offers shorter answers and Google provides more details. Even then, you will probably get a satisfactory answer to most questions, as long as you do not dig too deep into the details.
For example, both Google Assistant and Alexa know who stole the most career bases in Major League Baseball (Rickey Henderson), but they can not tell you who did it in 2017 (Dee Gordon).
Why is this happening? This is because voice assistants must select an answer within seconds. The quick turnaround does not allow time to browse every single site on a topic, even with the insane processing power involved. In these cases, it is better for you to whip your smartphone out to find the best information.
Still expect this to change as voice assistants inevitably get smarter and faster. Who knows what they are capable of in five years?
You can make free phone calls using Alexa and Google Assistant to anyone on your contact list, a business, or by talking the phone number directly. Calls also work on smart speakers and screens using Drop In (Alexa) and Google Duo.
If you have a smart screen with a camera, Alexa uses Skype for video calls, while Google Duo is similar to the Nest Hub Max.