The Smart Home market has massive growth potential over the next decade and it’s an area that Google wants to own. We all remember how late Microsoft was to the modern smartphone market and how Apple and Google walked all over Windows Phone, despite Windows Mobile blazing a trail years earlier. A similar fate could be in store for late arrivals to the Smart Home arena, but unlike Microsoft’s Windows Phone efforts, Google and Amazon are making a strong early push to ensure they aren’t left behind.
Of course, not all battles are won with smart technology alone, so we will be testing the second generation Amazon Echo and the Google Home for audio quality, ease of use, 3rd party support, cost, while considering the overall experience and future potential. In total, we spent close to a month with both devices, just long enough to see which one would be going home before the return period. You’ll have to read ahead to see which one of these smart assistant-powered systems staying in our office, but we will tell you both put up a good fight and are a great first step to a smarter, more connected and entertaining home environment.