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

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Read the post: http://andauth.co/Aqxjay | Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant are going head-to-head at CES 2018, as the two battle it out to become the dominant smart home platform. Beach by MBB https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported — CC BY-SA 3.0 Download the Android Authority App: https://andauth.co/aa-app Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://andauth.co/subscribe ---------------------------------------------------- Stay connected to Android Authority: - http://www.androidauthority.com - http://facebook.com/androidauthority/ - http://twitter.com/androidauth/ - http://instagram.com/androidauthority/ - https://snapchat.com/add/androidauth - http://google.com/+androidauthority Follow the Team: Josh Vergara: https://twitter.com/jvtechtea Joe Hindy: https://twitter.com/ThatJoeHindy Lanh Nguyen: https://twitter.com/LanhNguyenFilms Jayce Broda: https://twitter.com/jaycebroda Gary Sims: https://twitter.com/garysims Kris Carlon: https://twitter.com/kriscarlon Nirave Gondhia: https://twitter.com/nirave David Imel: https://twitter.com/durvidimel Bailey Stein: https://twitter.com/baileystein1
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Gary Sims (4 days 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.
Mateo Aberastury (3 days ago)
Hey Hary, could you explain what is IOTA?? This cypto currency that's suposedly different
Md Mahadi (3 days 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. :-)
Elk Man (3 days ago)
Gary Sims by the way does desktop pc redesign will take longer time than arm cpu? Considering AMD takes like 5 years to build Zen architecture. By the way I am not in a hurry to buy new phone so I'll wait. Thanks for answering my question yesterday...
Gary Sims (3 days ago)
+Md Mahadi I wrote about it on the Android Authority website, do you think it needs a video as well?
Md Mahadi (3 days ago)
Sensei please make a video about "Intel's chips flaw"
hackers hub (14 hours ago)
Thanks a lot.
chivatech (16 hours 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 (1 day 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?
mindsmirror (1 day ago)
I sure hope nobody allows their life to be controlled by programmers at Google or Amazon.
Haters union (1 day ago)
Xbox gamer (2 days ago)
Did Cortana Died ?
ju sa (2 days ago)
I want a Gary voice assistant
Shocker99 (2 days ago)
I don't think this needed 10 minutes. I turned off once i realised that you started to repeat yourself. Who actually wants voice assistants in their current form? When real automation of the world happens, then yes i'll take part. Otherwise, no thanks. It feels like it's just another gimmick/way to sell me products and services. I also feel like i can use a computer/mobile device far more quickly and effectively to get tasks done.
michael jeacock (2 days ago)
poor cortana. left in the corner with siri eating paste.
TheRedBelgian (3 days ago)
Don't really care for neither of them.
Adebayo Adewole (3 days ago)
Would a more contemporary comparison be BlueRay and HD-DVD? 🙃
Django Groen (3 days ago)
And both are not in my country
Mateo Aberastury (3 days ago)
Could you do a video on IOTA?? It's a cypto currnecy
Ruben Bishop (3 days ago)
Lol wtf I want a English accented Amazon Alexa...
Mark Richardson (3 days 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 (3 days 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 (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
I think one more crucial decision is UHD Blu-ray vs streaming
William Kister (3 days 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 (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
Biswajit Roy (3 days ago)
Honestly, I don't find google assistant useful at all!
Biswajit Roy (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
When he said hey google my google mini turned on
Chris R (3 days 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 (3 days ago)
i'll just tell one thing, google has ceased to be just a "Search company" or an "advertisement company" long ago
Gary Sims (3 days ago)
Really? Then were does most of its revenue come from then?
Sean Corcoran (3 days ago)
Good old Gary, he's so British...
Google Home is Better..!!
jamie Filippone (4 days ago)
Google is my bae
Joseph (4 days ago)
Fact: Only iPhone users buy Alexa.
Bill Riehl (4 days ago)
Interesting... Thanks for the explanation
Jareon C (4 days ago)
Noone remembers who Cortana is?
Lawrence Lentini (4 days 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 (4 days 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!
David DeNardo (2 days 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 (2 days ago)
@Michael Jeacook ahah that's one way to do it! XD
David DeNardo (2 days 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 (2 days ago)
i solved this by calling mine miss google
SuperJosch13 (2 days ago)
Alexa sounds like a robot. Google assistant sounds much more human like. I think that's more important than the name
Meme Gamer (4 days ago)
Samsung needs to let us change that b i x b y button 😑
Alexis Santos (4 days ago)
Man I just want Gary to be my voice assistant
god tier username (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
Good stuff Gary!
Lee Taylor-Lawrence (4 days ago)
Brilliant as always Gary.
Simon Fuller (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
I'm I the only one who think they are still shit
Michael Murphy (4 days ago)
Google sees the assistant as a gateway to their other services
Albert Kocharyan (4 days ago)
One day the personal assistant AI argument is going to be just as big as the iPhone versus Android one
Paul Shakeshaft (4 days ago)
Google assessment form better and more powerful
William Hart (4 days ago)
Don't agree with voice assistant it's a spy in your house for some big business .
Lee Woods (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
Pliz 1 gmail account hack pliz
Daniel Savage (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
No one gives a dam
Chikamso Ukuwa-Ekele (4 days ago)
That's makes a lot of sense.
Nexu Jin (4 days ago)
What about Cortana for those actually still using a PC?
Stefan Marjanov (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
Thank you for the excellent work
Choda Boy (4 days ago)
I don't believe in having ANY always listening device - ANYWHERE.
Freedom Of Motion (4 days ago)
Love your videos sir. Genuinely click straight away when I see them in my feed. Good stuff.
Rabar Jamal (4 days ago)
Google assistant is definitely better for me cause they kinda support international customers, Alexa is basically useless in my country.
Mom of Four (4 days ago)
I listen to Gary because his voice is soothing. 😀
stoff fferr (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
pascalboyajian (4 days ago)
gary video. auto-like.
Ross Eldrin Taupa (4 days 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 kunnummal. (4 days ago)
But bixby can do much more than Google assistant or Amazon alaxa
Jassie Singh (4 days ago)
It turned from competition to monopoly the second Google took YouTube support off of Alexa #teamgoogle
Jassie Singh (4 days ago)
OPEN MIND (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
Chloe by LG from CES 2018 LOL
jaiwei cai (4 days ago)
I choose Bixby
Abinash Pal (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
Please don't say "Hey Google" in videos. Thanks for the information though.
alf jon hansen (4 days ago)
Great video, maybe a bit sinister
omkar chauhan (4 days ago)
I think that home assistant's are invasion of privacy.
Dagada S (4 days ago)
Are you going to film battle between snap 835, kirin 970 etc.?
Pauladin Won (4 days ago)
Alexa "I noticed you had sex last night and are out of condoms. Would you like to order more?" *Throws echo dot out the window.
Utkarsh Gupta (4 days ago)
Is Amazon against net neutrality?
Boris Mera (4 days ago)
Very good explication Gary, I liked
Emmanuel Azadze (4 days ago)
great vid
Mark Keller (4 days ago)
*GARY!!!* *Afternoon Professor!*
Gary Sims (4 days ago)
dimitris aspetakis (4 days 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 (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
Google is loosing by lack of supply in india ..😈
old Radio (4 days ago)
Google assistant can catch different accents, alexa can't.
David Leslie (4 days ago)
Great insight. Thank you.
Anne Diche (4 days ago)
My assistant ranking Google>Alexa>Siri>Bixby
Razin Shaikh (4 days ago)
But Cortana is still the best
Oliver Johansson (4 days ago)
Anne Diche ugh bixby is soooooo slow
Anne Diche (4 days 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 (3 days 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 (4 days ago)
Which assistant is more relevant for non US users particularly South east Asia"?
Sayar Ganguly (4 days ago)
My life My Rules :3
Sammy Salman (4 days 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 (4 days ago)
+Anne Diche What?
Anne Diche (4 days ago)
Gary Sims the title explains it Alexa vs Google
Gary Sims (4 days ago)
I don't think I said that Alexa was better than Google.
Castiel Leem (4 days ago)
that why i nvr use any voice command services, opt out of Google ads recommendation as well. absolutely no location permissions granted to Google web, except maps.
Elijah Waite (4 days ago)
Google has Google Express with target, Walmart, Fry's, ext. I get what your saying Amazon is more popular with shopping, but I do much perfer googels answers.
manjunath manu (4 days ago)
Hello professor
the one you dont see (4 days ago)
its a star trek race! its great for everyone!
Ayan Ahmed (4 days ago)
Google home mini not available on Amazon 😓 stop the fight
Edward Moye (4 days ago)
Hey Gary, Just wondering, do you have any of these smart home bits and bobs yourself?
Edward Moye (4 days ago)
Fair enough.
Gary Sims (4 days ago)
No I don't, I think having a device in your house that is *designed* to listen to you 24x7 is inherently dangerous.
Demosthenes (4 days ago)
Who knew Android Authority would make an interesting point for getting rid of money in society.
berndbuchholz (4 days ago)
Ooooh i got no brain.... ...Voice assistant, please help me....! morrons...

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