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The battle of the voice assistants

The battle of the voice assistants

Whilst not the only voice assistants on the market, Amazon's Echo and Google Home are arguably the most popular and well known of the lot.

The Amazon Echo has a sleek design, with a choice of different fabric colours for the outside to match your home. Choose from charcoal fabric, heather grey fabric or sandstone fabric or you can also opt for an oak, walnut or silver finish. Whatever kind of house you have, you're bound to find a colour that suits.

With the Google Home, you can purchase different bases for the main device, which include copper and carbon metal colours as well as a coral fabric colour. It also has the option of a painted steel and polycarbonate material too, giving you a wide range of choices aswell. They attach to the main body of the device using a magnet so are easy to swap and change if you like a bit of variety from time to time.

Of course, it's also important that the voice assistant can do what you need it to. With Echo, it connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service that lets you do things such as play music, make phone calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, check your calendar, weather, traffic and sports scores, manage your to-do and shopping lists, control compatible smart home devices and much more. Similarly, Google Home answers the questions you want including the latest on the weather, traffic updates, finance, sports news and more.

Google Home is compatible with many different products including Netflix, YouTube, Spotify and Google Play Music but it does require you to also purchase a Chromecast. The Echo can also link to a number of apps but works best with Amazon Music, Spotify etc. where you can just ask for it to play a song, artist or genre and it will do as you wish.

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