Best Voice Assistant?

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edited August 6, 2019 in Devices & Security #1
In you experience, which is the best voice assistant - in terms of compatibility, usability and the impact it has had on your life?

Best Voice Assistant? 37 votes

Amazon Alexa
40%
VioletChepilGidsterKenDRomulusMarcCaptainBuckAmrkltaylorGlenBo84limurManny_CavalierMDavideStevePYesgdreelin 15 votes
Google Assistant
45%
Robin_Ex_Fingevokddaw215anotherfinguserHronosRayzorXenophodkenrobNexxGPazNavekRTR_fingKING_CRACKER78adamadamLucas0123Antonio_Buttinelli[Deleted User] 17 votes
Microsoft Cortona
2%
Andrea 1 vote
Apple Siri
10%
StupwmeekAricاحمد 4 votes
Samsung Bixby
0%
Head of Product at Fing
Gidster

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  • Hronos
    Hronos Member, Beta Tester Posts: 289
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    Google Assistant
    In my contry (Perú) Amazon Alexa is so limited than it's pretty useless, I hope that change some time... (I really want to buy an Echo but, the usability in my zone doesn't match the price xD, yet...)
    Keep looking up!
    Gidster
  • Marc
    Marc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 3,159
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    Amazon Alexa
    Wondering how long Microsoft will continue its mainstream support of Cortana.  They are already pulled back on its functionality and where they support it.
    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
    GidsterXenophod
  • Rayzor
    Rayzor Member Posts: 5
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    Google Assistant
    If you want to read more go to GadgetGuy.com.au https://www.gadgetguy.com.au/google-assistant-users-do-much-more-than-amazon-alexa/, and you will see why in Australia Google Assistant has around 70% market share and why in the US, Alexa is fast dropping market share.

    XenophodHronosGPaz
  • pwmeek
    pwmeek Member, Beta Tester Posts: 143
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    Apple Siri
    For me, it was a toss-up between Siri and Alexa (the only two I have experience with). I gave the edge to Siri because I always have my iPhone with me.
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  • kenrob
    kenrob Member, Beta Tester Posts: 6
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    Google Assistant
    Google Assistant
    GA, via Google Home, usually gets my queries right, Siri not so much.  Who said I have an accent!?
  • Xenophod
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    Google Assistant
    I'm a Google kind of guy. We had two Echo devices, and they were so limited in what it will answer correctly, or even answer at all. I gave one away. Since most of my family has Android phones, I bought the Google Home when it first came out. IT IS GREAT!!! It can actually answer questions! We now have two Google Mini's in addition to the first Google Home. We use it to play music, answer random questions and to turn on/off the Philips Hue lights, Kasa lights/plugs or Geeni lights/plugs.  I've even used IFTTT, Adafruit.io and a micro-controller to turn on and off a pool pump just by saying "Hey Google, turn on the pump."  (details here: https://www.hackster.io/xenophod/adding-voice-control-to-omega2-752695 ) 

    The great thing about Google is that I can access the assistant on my phone which will affect the things in my house, even if I'm not home. I'm not sure if Alexa does that. I've pretty much abandoned Alexa, so I'm not sure if they've updated the app to do that.

     
  • Xenophod
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    edited August 7, 2019 #8
    Google Assistant
    Weird, I tried to edit my long post about why I choose Google, but now it's GONE!
    EDIT
  • Gidster
    Gidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    Amazon Alexa
    @Xenophod found it and restored it. Not sure what happened there. Teething problems, I guess. Sorry about that
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  • Xenophod
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    Google Assistant
    Thank you! No worries! Computers are like that sometimes.  :)
  • Gidster
    Gidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    Amazon Alexa
    For me, it's a personality thing - and I reckon that's something you'll be able to tailor with voice assistants in future. I haven't used GA much recently, but when I was first evaluating Google Home I found it too chatty, jolly and chummy. I don't need another friend. Alexa is a bit more functional and - dare I say it - subservient; there to get stuff done
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  • limur
    limur Member, Beta Tester Posts: 24
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    Amazon Alexa
    Alexa, although Google's starting to grow on me a bit. If only they'd lose the "Hey" or "OK Google" and go with Minerva...
    ...train, crashin' head long into the heartland...
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  • ddaw215
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    Google Assistant
    Love my Google/s! Just wish I could change the wake word to something else, but for now "Hey Boo boo" works for me!
    VioletChepilKayJayNavek
  • Gidster
    Gidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    Amazon Alexa
    ddaw215 said:
    Love my Google/s! Just wish I could change the wake word to something else, but for now "Hey Boo boo" works for me!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2R0NSKtVA0
    Head of Product at Fing
  • ddaw215
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    Google Assistant
    Gidster said:
    ddaw215 said:
    Love my Google/s! Just wish I could change the wake word to something else, but for now "Hey Boo boo" works for me!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2R0NSKtVA0
    lol. Someone has too much time on their hands!
    VioletChepil
  • Gidster
    Gidster London, UKMember Posts: 224
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    Amazon Alexa
    ddaw215 said:
    Gidster said:
    ddaw215 said:
    Love my Google/s! Just wish I could change the wake word to something else, but for now "Hey Boo boo" works for me!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2R0NSKtVA0
    lol. Someone has too much time on their hands!
    @Carlo_from_Fing who flagged this clip up when he was implementing Google Assistant on Fingbox 
    Head of Product at Fing
    VioletChepil
  • Nexx
    Nexx Member, Beta Tester Posts: 14
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    Google Assistant
    Definitely Google. Being able to use custom questions with Routines is priceless. ie Who's at home? Love it!!
    VioletChepilkltaylor
  • Aric
    Aric Member, Beta Tester Posts: 15
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    Apple Siri

    I’ve used Alexa, Google Home and Siri.

    Alexa is only good because of the deep third party support. It is really only smart when you learn how to talk to her correctly. Triggering skills requires you to speak unnaturally. Alexa applies very little actual AI to figuring out what you actually mean.

    Google Home is pretty good. It understands you pretty well most of the time, but I find a lot of that is only as good as the data you let Google use of yours. The functionality took a dive when I cleared out most of the data Google has on me. I’m not referring to the fact that Google no longer knows where I work (for example), but I’ve seen a drop in actually understanding what I’m asking for. However, if you keep your entire life in Google, Home can be great.

    Siri has spent a lot of time trying to improve truly natural language processing. I find I can say things in more natural ways and it understands what I want. However, I find Siri slower than Google Home and there are certain things Siri can’t do that other services can and that can be frustrating. But they are working on improving it. The voice has really improved in the upcoming iOS release and it sounds better than Google Home.

    As for security and privacy, none of them are great, but Siri does have the edge here.

    kltaylorGidster
  • Amr
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    Amazon Alexa

    Alexa has more integration to 3rd part devices and smartphones home systems, Google is catching up ...

    kltaylor
  • Pooh
    Pooh Member, Beta Tester Posts: 674
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    Personally, I'd have voted for none. The one I trust the most is Siri, however that's pretty much like me also stating I trust a politician to look out for my best interests as a citizen... I find them all to be somewhat reprehensible at best - either due to lack of usefulness or awful security.
    People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.
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  • MDavide
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    Amazon Alexa
    I have Alexa in my house and I control  every device I can.
    Lights, vacuum cleaner, music...
    it receives frequent updates and new skills every day.
    Sooner  or later I am going to add an echo input also in my car. 😎
    Davide
    kltaylor
  • Lucas0123
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    Google Assistant
    Google home all the way! We have 3 google mini and use them all the time. Setting timers, playing music, googling recipes and stuff, controlling my smart devices.
    Google assistant in my phone is also a MUST everyday for me, from making calls, reminding me things, finding things for me, and taking me from place to another.
    kltaylor
  • Yes
    Yes Member, Beta Tester Posts: 19
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    Amazon Alexa

    I'm not sure if my answer is the correct one for the question. Alexa might not be The Best Voice Assistant, but it's the one I have been using for quite some time now. Since Google supports my native language (which is not English) I'll definitely give it a try soon.

    Gidsterkltaylor
  • Antonio_Buttinelli
    Antonio_Buttinelli Member, Beta Tester Posts: 12
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    Google Assistant
    Alexa è più completo e funzionale, mentre google è ancora sperimentale
  • kltaylor
    kltaylor Member, Beta Tester Posts: 1,231
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    Gidster said:
    In you experience, which is the best voice assistant - in terms of compatibility, usability and the impact it has had on your life?
    These options do not include the most famous one in our home:
    "Hey Child#1, can you grab a glass of water for me please?"
    Seems to work rather well. =)
    "There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy."
    -Warden Anastasia Luccio, Captain
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  • Hronos
    Hronos Member, Beta Tester Posts: 289
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    kltaylor said:
    Gidster said:
    In you experience, which is the best voice assistant - in terms of compatibility, usability and the impact it has had on your life?
    These options do not include the most famous one in our home:
    "Hey Child#1, can you grab a glass of water for me please?"
    Seems to work rather well. =)
    HAHAHA but that kind of "AI" outgrown you pretty fast! (let just them get fourteen xD)
    Keep looking up!
    kltaylor
  • kltaylor
    kltaylor Member, Beta Tester Posts: 1,231
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    Hronos said:
    kltaylor said:
    Gidster said:
    In you experience, which is the best voice assistant - in terms of compatibility, usability and the impact it has had on your life?
    These options do not include the most famous one in our home:
    "Hey Child#1, can you grab a glass of water for me please?"
    Seems to work rather well. =)
    HAHAHA but that kind of "AI" outgrown you pretty fast! (let just them get fourteen xD)
    I have two that have surpassed the teen years, and let me tell you.. I still had my ways =)
    Have one more to get through that hellish era.
    "There's a fine line between audacity and idiocy."
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  • Mirekmal
    Mirekmal Member, Beta Tester Posts: 69
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    As long as there is no proper Polish language support and limits in avalable services are revoked - none is good :-(
    VioletChepil
  • Marc
    Marc Moderator, Beta Tester Posts: 3,159
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    Amazon Alexa
    Alexa è più completo e funzionale, mentre google è ancora sperimentale
    I agree in so much that I have bought into Alex’s ecosystem.  (Sono d'accordo così tanto che ho acquistato l'ecosistema di Alex)
    lets hope google translate did not mangle this...🤔
    Thats Daphnee, she's a good dog...
    VioletChepil