Hi, the most recent topic on this argument that i’ve found is dated 2018. A lot has changed in 2 years on both assistants, so i think that it may be usefull to compare them again.
Now i’ve only 1 google home mini, and i’m about to choose if going on with google family or switch to amazon world.
I think that google is better in understanding commands (example turn on this and that), at the same time it overthinks some command (you cannot name a light simply “light”, otherwise google will turn on / off all the room lights, not only the one named light and so on)
For home assistant “notification”, i’ve setup assistant relay with home assistant integration and it works, however having every sentence starting with “message from xyz …” is quite annoying. Some of you know if there is a better method? (tts cast is not an option since it will be stop any music playing at the moment of the notification). In alexa world i’ve seen that is a native TTS function, where also the emotion can be specified, if someone confirm to me that this is not stopping the music is probably a point to alexa.
For voice commands, i’ve seen that google assistant integration is quite straightforward (i’ve duckdns + lets’encrypt and a “test” project on action console for the real integration. Is the amazon integration as easy as the google one? Does someone have tryed both and can show differences?
For things “unrelated” from home assistant, i’ve seen that google assistant is quite good in answering quick questions going straight to the point, while alexa seems to catch informations only from a few services with less precision. Moreover google supports follow ups while alexa seems to not support them (correct me if i’m wrong).
Me and my girlfriend are already using android phones and most of google tools (calendar, keep, contacts, photos etc), so for us stay with google seems to be the more comfortable thing to not have to sync almost everything.
For multimedia, it seems that now is a tie, but google have just relased the new chromecast with google TV, wich (at least from first reviews) it seems better than fire stick and thinked to be a “multimedial hub” joining all supported services toghether.
I’m not a native english speaker so sorry for mistakes,please let me know what you think and if you have tested both, what let you choose. I think that this can be helpfull for many people