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Alexa vs Google Assistant: Who controls your life? - Gary Explains

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Gary Sims (5 months ago)
Hey everyone. I will be checking the comments for the next couple of hours, so please feel free to ask any questions and I will see if I can help.
BobEckert56 (3 months ago)
I will use Amazon for what Amazon is best at, researching products, not necessarily where I will buy it, and Google for what Google is good at which is EVERYTHING ELSE.
BobEckert56 (3 months ago)
To Amazon you are only a number and it's number is 666. We will all be slaves to low price and we will all end up working for Amazon. So is that a dystopian future or what?
BobEckert56 (3 months ago)
Gary Sims Remember Gary, the only motive that Jeff Bezos and Amazon have is PROFIT AND ONLY PROFIT. Bezos is the Steve Jobs of present day.
Mateo Aberastury (5 months ago)
Hey Hary, could you explain what is IOTA?? This cypto currency that's suposedly different
Md Mahadi (5 months ago)
Gary Sims oops my bad. I actually never really visited the Android Authority website. Pretty sure same goes for most of the viewers . So a YouTube video might help most of the AA viewers. Anyway I'll make sure to read your article on AA website. :-)
Andrew Austin (2 months ago)
I prefer Google. I just wish they'd let you create your own phrase. I've had smart phones from Motorola that allow me to wake it with any phrase I want
K-BooGiE! (4 months ago)
I really like Bixby
Andrew Rng17582 (4 months ago)
I still have a vcr and watch vcr tapes
Zi Yi Tan (4 months ago)
Is there absolutely no chance that both systems could coexist?
Lance Richards (4 months ago)
Eye opener, really scary if you look at it that way. Nice video as always.
Juan Sanchez (4 months ago)
Thanks very good video & yes I do remember the format of VHS & BETAMAX as many people know BETAMAX was the better format but in the end VHS won coz of marketing reasons & films being realised on VHS a lot more than BETAMAX. Fast forward to 2018 & is difficult to say if Alexa or google home is going to win. I do have both smart speakers format 1 echo dot connected directly to my mini Cambridge hi-fi so I can listen to the " free music service U get with amazon prime member then the larger echo 1 in kitchen & the new echo 2 in bedroom they control my lighting of my flat & heating temp. I got the google home as a birthday present last October 2017 & I mainly use the google home for more information than other things coz is a lot more informative. I'm always watching your videos after work they're very good as I'm addicted to technology. I always have been anyway thank you & peace.
viranijoush (5 months ago)
Gaand phatt gayi..
Jonathan Saha (5 months ago)
@Dear Gary, so I have this question which I cant find a good answer. I wanted to install a linux on an android device. Not emulate, not creating an environment on top of android and run linux, I wanted to format the whole ROM and install a fresh OS. And ofcourse I failed. My question is, since a phone is just a computer that is already running linux kernel, why cant it run any regular linux natively? Or if it can, why changing OS of a phone is not as simple as changing OS of a PC?
Chintan Rajani (5 months ago)
Informative sir
Dáire Flanagan (5 months ago)
Has nobody seen terminator, it's terrifying times we live in.
Sanu (5 months ago)
Siri is a joke
hackers hub (5 months ago)
Thanks a lot.
chivatech (5 months ago)
I noticed google saves the audio file every time you say “okay google.” Personally, I don’t see the convenience of either google home or amazon echo at the expense of my privacy. No thank you.
Jens Erik Bech (5 months ago)
Despite your effort to promote something called "Alexa", "Google Assistant" is the natural choice for all Android Phone users. It is built in and it can win over not only Alexa, but Siri as well. Google is a search machine and Google Assistant is a natural extension of that machine. Maybe you hoped for some sponsor money from Amazon?
Gary Sims (5 months ago)
What? I didn't promote anything, the whole video is about the battle between the two systems, I didn't favor one or the other. Even if I did have a personal preference (which I don't), please explain why you have throw the accusations of sponsorship money? Do you have personal preferences for different types of tech? Are they sponsored?
mindsmirror (5 months ago)
I sure hope nobody allows their life to be controlled by programmers at Google or Amazon.
Haters union (5 months ago)
Manish Gamez (5 months ago)
Did Cortana Died ?
ju sa (5 months ago)
I want a Gary voice assistant
michael jeacock (5 months ago)
poor cortana. left in the corner with siri eating paste.
Adebayo Adewole (5 months ago)
Would a more contemporary comparison be BlueRay and HD-DVD? 🙃
Django Groen (5 months ago)
And both are not in my country
Mateo Aberastury (5 months ago)
Could you do a video on IOTA?? It's a cypto currnecy
Uvanna LicterBum (5 months ago)
Lol wtf I want a English accented Amazon Alexa...
Mark Trevor (5 months ago)
Behind closed doors, this is one vicious fight that's going on and believe me when I tell you, this is the biggest form of "controlling the masses" on a scale never seen in history before!!!!! Thankyou world wide web, I love you & I hate you!!!!!!!!!!
Robin Markowitz (5 months ago)
Without Star Trek, you wouldn't be making this video. You are a YoouTuber! What will it be like in 3 hundred years from now? A Trek fan finally gets the chance to "Get A Life!" LOL That felt good. Padds, Replication via 3D printing. Slept driving cars, which are ground shuttles. Medical scanners, portable. COMMUNICATORS! Two way video chat. My eyes are rolling. Money will be extinct and within 50 years. Resource based economy MUST happen. No choice.
Aditya A (5 months ago)
Since Google already has control over Android, Amazon's dominance looks weak. Amazon might stiple competition in all categories, since it already does not sell Chromecast...Note 10 with Alexa or not on Amazon?
Aditya A (5 months ago)
I think one more crucial decision is UHD Blu-ray vs streaming
William Kister (5 months ago)
This is an interesting battle for the internet and services these days. It's funny watching the browsers on my computer trying to vie for my use as well. Google could step it up and offer a platform to sell and ship just like Amazon if they desired to do so.
Clifton Haralson (5 months ago)
Why would Alexa tell you where to go to in the store when it has the largest e-commerce business? Google, being the king of search, maps, and video.... Yeah good luck Amazon 😁
Kay Iqbal (5 months ago)
Biswajit Roy (5 months ago)
Honestly, I don't find google assistant useful at all!
Biswajit Roy (5 months ago)
I don't understand why bixby is so underrated in the tech world! It is capable of assisting more than the google assistant!
Hayden East (5 months ago)
When he said hey google my google mini turned on
Chris R (5 months ago)
Think about the strategic impact if the two assistants were to come together as a separate identity to both Google and Amazon. The new product could serve each company respectively and would virtually close down any further AI assistant wars.  With some thinking the strategists at Google and Amazon could make it work without losing their way.  I've just started using 'Hey Google'.  My view is that it is good but could do a lot better (sounds like my school report).  It has drawbacks with functionality and the knowledge base not integrating.
Nishanta Khanal (5 months ago)
i'll just tell one thing, google has ceased to be just a "Search company" or an "advertisement company" long ago
Gary Sims (5 months ago)
Really? Then were does most of its revenue come from then?
Sean Corcoran (5 months ago)
Good old Gary, he's so British...
Prathamesh Mutkure (5 months ago)
Google Home is Better..!!
jamie Filippone (5 months ago)
Google is my bae
Joseph (5 months ago)
Fact: Only iPhone users buy Alexa.
Bill Riehl (5 months ago)
Interesting... Thanks for the explanation
Jareon C (5 months ago)
Noone remembers who Cortana is?
Lawrence Lentini (5 months ago)
I've never seen such an aggressive marketing campaign in my life as I saw with Alexa in the second half of 2017. They plastered that crap absolutely *everywhere*
David DeNardo (5 months ago)
Here's a crazy prediction. Alexa will win out for a simple reason. She's ALEXA, not Amazon. It's a psychological thing. She's personified. Think about the trigger phrase for each "Hey Google" vs. "Alexa". Do you want to say hello to a large faceless corporation known for tracking your data, every time you turn your kitchen lights on? Vs. Alexa, a woman. Truth is both are equally large ominous corporations, but putting a name on Alexa will make her the standard. I'm actually starting a video series making a smart home from scratch. Walls gutted. Everything. I'm using Alexa everywhere, if anyone's interested in getting her to do everything in your house, from curtains, to lights, to fans, make sure to check out the video on my channel!
RiGo (5 months ago)
David DeNardo I never thought about it this we but I think I agree for me at least. I have tons of android phones with assistant connected and it's easier and faster to say Alexa, than Ok/Hey Google or Hey Bixby or Hey Cortana. It's like talking to a regular person.
David DeNardo (5 months ago)
@SuperJosch13 I definitely see your point there. The only reason I would disagree is that Alexa's voice can be improved over time via updates. Calling the Google assistant "Google" was a deliberate marketing choice by Google, which I don't think will be an easy transition; they have millions of dollars I believe invested into their "Hey Google" marketing campaign. By the time they catch on, it may be too late. Just my opinion!
David DeNardo (5 months ago)
@Michael Jeacook ahah that's one way to do it! XD
David DeNardo (5 months ago)
Esti Roberston, that's a good point. I'm so sued to Roku, but if Google home can control your TV through chromecast that's a great selling feature. As of right now, Alexa has wider compatibility with smarthome devices, which is why I chose her for my smarthome setup. Definitely will convert to google if they end up winning the war. At that point I'd assume GH would be compatible with all the same accessories. It might be compatible with smartthings, which is 85% of it anyways. I'll have to look it up.
michael jeacock (5 months ago)
i solved this by calling mine miss google
JoyCon Nation (5 months ago)
Samsung needs to let us change that b i x b y button 😑
Alexis Santos (5 months ago)
Man I just want Gary to be my voice assistant
god tier username (5 months ago)
Honestly Google is playing catch-up in terms of how good the hardware of the speaker is, but like a stupid amount of the devices existing today run on android now, and Google are almost guaranteed to have better integration with that. Personally I'll take a really clean software ecosystem and potential for great integration with everything (google) over a more refined smart speaker as a standalone product. (Amazon)
Your Viewer (5 months ago)
Hmm.. I dont think Samsung is falling behind because they are still manufacturing home appliances to for your home.. Homesmart systems are attached to each of their products now, from a dish washing machine to refigerator.. You may want to check their sales data first.. Obviously Bixby market will grow too.. Btw the neutral one is LG..
Tamir Orbach (5 months ago)
Good stuff Gary!
Lee Taylor-Lawrence (5 months ago)
Brilliant as always Gary.
Simon Fuller (5 months ago)
Google's is obviously the more intelligent service but I prefer my Amazon dot around the house for reminders and chores, why? Because Alexa roles off the tongue... And dude just say Echo in your videos please, you know what I'm talking about.
Michael Murphy (5 months ago)
Also, Amazon and Google are the major players when it comes bringing robot labor to the masses. Google has self-driving cars and Amazon has robot warehouses + drone delivery
Khazar Hayat (5 months ago)
I'm I the only one who think they are still shit
Michael Murphy (5 months ago)
Google sees the assistant as a gateway to their other services
Albert Kocharyan (5 months ago)
One day the personal assistant AI argument is going to be just as big as the iPhone versus Android one
Paul Shakeshaft (5 months ago)
Google assessment form better and more powerful
William Hart (5 months ago)
Don't agree with voice assistant it's a spy in your house for some big business .
Lee Woods (5 months ago)
Hey Gary! Have you ever tried Google Shopping Express? I use it all the time to order my big box store items
Ashraf khan (5 months ago)
Pliz 1 gmail account hack pliz
Daniel Savage (5 months ago)
I was trying to avoid the eco decision , but it is difficult to do while trying to keep all of your content organized. I have abandoned Apple and chose Google. But , I have purchased the inexpensive Fire tablet from Amazon and enjoying Alexa. And , I am using Google Assist on my Nexus 6. Decisions can be difficult!!!!!
Bram (5 months ago)
No one gives a dam
Chikamso Ukuwa-Ekele (5 months ago)
That's makes a lot of sense.
Nexu Jin (5 months ago)
What about Cortana for those actually still using a PC?
Stefan Marjanov (5 months ago)
Alexa failed already too. Google have such a big ecosystem no one can beat that. Google Assistant is integrated everywhere, in lot of apps and devices, it's spreading like a disease.
Mhmad Yakdi (5 months ago)
Thank you for the excellent work
Choda Boy (5 months ago)
I don't believe in having ANY always listening device - ANYWHERE.
Freedom Of Motion (5 months ago)
Love your videos sir. Genuinely click straight away when I see them in my feed. Good stuff.
Rabar Jamal (5 months ago)
Google assistant is definitely better for me cause they kinda support international customers, Alexa is basically useless in my country.
Mom of Four (5 months ago)
I listen to Gary because his voice is soothing. 😀
Stoff Fpv (5 months ago)
Hi yes think you got it spot on, very informative..also like your honest view of where assnts will lead in the future..
Yahya Rahman (5 months ago)
pascalboyajian (5 months ago)
gary video. auto-like.
Ross Eldrin Taupa (5 months ago)
Google is competing in US but Amazon doesn't support so many countries if I were Google ill focus on countries that Amazon isn't reaching
sravan kunnumal (5 months ago)
But bixby can do much more than Google assistant or Amazon alaxa
Jassie Singh (5 months ago)
It turned from competition to monopoly the second Google took YouTube support off of Alexa #teamgoogle
Jassie Singh (5 months ago)
OPEN MIND (5 months ago)
I own both. (2 Google Homes and 2 Alexas) All in all I must say google home is a way better ai and knows the answers to much much more questions. With google I am sometimes amazed on what it can answer. With Alexa it is the other way around. Often I am like: What? you can´t even answer that? Alexas voice does recognize better, I have to say. The biggest problem with the google assistant is, that it always prefers to react on google home. That means if you say: "Ok, google, navigate to the cinema", my google home answers that it cannot do that, even though the command was meant for my phone.... If the command clearly is about an app that the google home doesn´t have, google should recognize this and act accordingly... Both devices randomly don´t work sometimes or play music without anyone giving a command. Haven´t watched the video yet. PS: F*ck BIXBY
Chronolemon (5 months ago)
Chloe by LG from CES 2018 LOL
jaiwei cai (5 months ago)
I choose Bixby
Abinash Pal (5 months ago)
Yah privacy is a bigger concern with these voice assistants so probably it's time to think about owning our own data......blockchain may help........
Abinash Pal (5 months ago)
Our data is our asset & it should be decentralised so that we can use it with any service provider instead of getting stucked to a single ecosystem........
Michael Billings Cole (5 months ago)
WINNER IS ANDROID... TDLR There really isn't much of a war for voice assistance. It's more of a less an ecosystem choice. You have 4 choices, yes for. Amazon Alexa, google assistance., Apple's Siri, and Microsoft cortana and the dominating leader of this ecosystem is the platform you use the most often. 01 If you're a MIXED platform USER ( Microsoft Windows, Android phone, apple tablet, and a play station, linux steam, third party services) or what have you in combination your best choice is Amazon assistance. But if you're strictly in one ecosystem, 80 percent of the time. 02 ANDROID ( cell phone, tablet, watch/fitness tracker, TV, gaming system, and desktop [ remix os / linux ] Android services) your best choice is a google assistance. 03 Microsoft ( desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone, watch/fitness tracker, xbox, steam link, servers, Microsoft services) your best choice is Cortana assistance 04 APPLE? ( desktop, laptop, tablet, cell phone, watch/fitness tracker, apple TV, linux steam, apple services) apples? Siri assistant. But this ultimately comes down to what's really in your hand as a cell phone. Microsoft Android apple or others? The only other thing that really matters is the peripheral hardware choices that you are going to make. But generally that comes after the fact of your ecosystem. Some choice. I would never recommend going out and buying random pieces of ecosystem hardware. Make your choice in advance based on the platform you use the most, and stick To it and personally speaking, there is only one real clear winner in this case. A platform that is universally everywhere. And extremely easy to program for. And the winner is in my personal opinion the "Android Ecosystem And Google Assistance". You can pretty much find this product in everything you use and is just running a fork of linux, java and its extremely easy to program. And light weight. This is just several things that it is commonly in. Android TV box. ,Chromecast, chrome browser, cell phone, tablet, chrome laptop, remix OS, Android were?, land phones? Google assistance. Smart home features. Like Philips hue light bulbs so, yes, Android is pretty much everywhere, now it's even in some of our toys now. And it is proximately worldwide sales. Percentage/ market share of 80 percent. WINNER IS ANDROID... TDLR But if you had to break it down, it would go like this. 01 Android ( winner) 02 Amazon ( just because of Amazon shopping.) 03 Cortana, windows ( just because of windows. Everywhere ) 04 Seri. Apple ( Islave stick together)
BodziuM (5 months ago)
any of this great assistant don't speak in my native language so it so useful for me like hole in the bridge :D
Clay Mann (5 months ago)
Please don't say "Hey Google" in videos. Thanks for the information though.
alf jon hansen (5 months ago)
Great video, maybe a bit sinister
omkar chauhan (5 months ago)
I think that home assistant's are invasion of privacy.
Dagada S (5 months ago)
Are you going to film battle between snap 835, kirin 970 etc.?
Utkarsh Gupta (5 months ago)
Is Amazon against net neutrality?
Boris Mera (5 months ago)
Very good explication Gary, I liked
Emmanuel Azadze (5 months ago)
great vid
Mark Keller (5 months ago)
*GARY!!!* *Afternoon Professor!*
Gary Sims (5 months ago)
dimitris aspetakis (5 months ago)
I have a strange faith in Google. Being such a big software company I don't believe they make any discrepancies among their clients (the adds).The only thing I'm worried about is when they become a big hardware company (if they do). Small thinking though...
Saurabh Jhanjee (5 months ago)
dimitris aspetakis yeah I feel like Google already knows enough about me and billions of others that my data is somewhat safe with them.
Jay Sharma (5 months ago)
Google is loosing by lack of supply in india ..😈
old Radio (5 months ago)
Google assistant can catch different accents, alexa can't.
David Leslie (5 months ago)
Great insight. Thank you.
Anne Diche (5 months ago)
My assistant ranking Google>Alexa>Siri>Bixby
Alex (5 months ago)
Oliver Johansson (5 months ago)
Anne Diche ugh bixby is soooooo slow
Anne Diche (5 months ago)
Google is more advance and better than Alexa I compare them Google is faster Google understand me better than Alexa Google is precise.
Roxor 17 (5 months ago)
Anne Diche but Alexa has more unique features, better name, saying 'Hey Ggogle' or just 'Alexa'.
Amazon tries to beat Google in their own playground it won't happen
Chee Hoe, Foo (5 months ago)
Which assistant is more relevant for non US users particularly South east Asia"?
Sayar Ganguly (5 months ago)
My life My Rules :3
Sammy Salman (5 months ago)
I disagreed with you Gary, Alexa is not better then google, reason being is that they both are so stupid, honestly there is nothing useful about them, we have them at home and I find myself never using them
Gary Sims (5 months ago)
+Anne Diche What?
Anne Diche (5 months ago)
Gary Sims the title explains it Alexa vs Google
Gary Sims (5 months ago)
I don't think I said that Alexa was better than Google.

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