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Choosing The Right Smart Assistant for Your Smart Home Initiative

When you consider 21st-century technology, it is no longer limited to computers and mobile devices. It seems that technology has even permeated usual household appliances such as refrigerators, thermostats, and stereos, which can be used remotely or automatically through mobile devices, the internet, and artificial intelligence.

Making use of smart devices like Google’s Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, or Apple’s Siri to navigate through your household appliances will make your house a ‘smart home.’ Several movies have made this idea – a house with its own semblance of intellectual capacity, famous throughout the years from Smart House to Iron Man. A smart home is one that has appliances that could be monitored, accessed, and controlled remotely via a communication network. As mentioned, there are a lot of smart assistants that you can choose from. Here is the top three along with their hardware device information and pros and cons.

Apple’s Siri

Apple products have garnered a stunning reputation all over the world for bringing in high-quality devices that perform with excellence. When you are contemplating Apple as your partner in your smart home initiative, all you would need is at least one of Apple’s devices such as iPhones, iPads, or the Apple watches. They cost around $400 to $1450.

One of the advantages of choosing Apple’s Siri for your smart home is that it is easier to set it up since the company’s HomeKit app can be easily accessible in their mobile devices. Another is that Apple made sure that your privacy is well-protected by partnering directly with home appliance makers to ensure that the data transferred is encrypted.

Some disadvantages include Siri’s exclusivity to Apple products and devices. Siri, as an AI, also needs more improvement in deciphering what you have to say. Because of Apple’s dedication to customer data privacy, few home appliances and accessories compatible with Siri is available in the market.

Amazon’s Alexa

Amazon is best known as an online shopping giant, but they have recently expanded their services and products to accommodate smart devices. You can access Alexa, Amazon’s home AI assistant, through their hardware such as the Amazon Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus. They cost from $50 to $150.

If you want to set up your smart home right away, Amazon’s Alexa is the best choice as their hardware devices can be plugged and set up anywhere. The software for Alexa boasts up to 10,000 third-party capabilities or Skills, which gives it a broader reach for your smart home appliances and needs. Not to mention, Alexa’s program is easily compatible with Apple and Android devices.

One big disadvantage is that Amazon is not as strict with its data privacy policy with partner appliance brands. There is also hardware developments needed in their devices as Echo speakers can be more sensitive and connection with non-Amazon devices can be improved.

Google’s Assistant

If you are a fan of Android devices, then your top consideration must be Google Assistant. The newer smartphones being released support it, which is definitely a point in favor of Google’s Assistant. There is also the Google Home device that you can buy and install for $130, making it a lot cheaper than competing smart home devices.

Another great advantage that Google Assistant has over the other smart assistants is that is connected to the Google search engine. This means it can give more intelligent and well-researched responses. However, the program can still be improved in the software and hardware capabilities such as speaker sensitivity and more accurate responses. Similar to Amazon, Google’s privacy policy may be too vague.