Alternative products to Google Home

28 alternative and related products to Google Home

Google Home
Google's Alexa competitor, an in-home voice assistant

Google Home is your home assistant, controlled by your voice. You can ask whatever is on your mind from playing some music, or just a curious question to some hands-free shopping. It will be glad to assist you and your needs. It comes in three different sizes and four colors to match your interior and pairs with your smart home.

28 Alternatives to Google Home

The new home entertainment system by Apple

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Nick Abouzeid
Nick Abouzeid- Partner @ Shrug Capital
I'm terribly excited for a standalone Apple speaker. As much as I love my Bose bluetooth speaker (and as much as Siri needs some serious help), being able to hear my notifications read to me from across the room will be great.
Shreya Bagaria
Shreya Bagaria
I'm excited about the HomePod. It will fit well in my Apple ecosystem. It will also bring along a better Siri, fixed a few notches, long overdue. It’s still very much an Echo or Home competitor, but Apple’s choosing to focus on music instead of the hodgepodge of features touted by Google and Amazon.
Kunal Bhatia
Kunal Bhatia- Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
Apple HomePod is a great example of how Apple has integrated Beats into their company, launched a new product line, and still stayed true to what they believe. Apple has been in home entertainment for a long time with iTunes, Apple TV, etc., but this hardware gets me personally excited as an audiophile! I love the software-driven approach to how they're tack… See more
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The Verge
Apple had an idea for a future HomePod that would offer an emoji version of Siri and LED lights that could display a variety of useful information, starting with the weather. In a 2017 patent application that was made publicly available in late January, Apple threw a bunch of increasingly far-out ideas onto its request to the US Patent office.
11 Alternatives to Apple HomePod

A hands-free speaker you control with your voice

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Robert Bye
Robert Bye- Building products at Fueled in NYC
This plus Phillips hue is awesome.
Arun Sathiya
Arun Sathiya- Happiness Engineer, Automattic
Echo by Amazon sounds like a neat choice at extra 80 bucks. Or, I guess, there's a flat 80 bucks discount currently that you can redeem.
Sam Cholera
Sam Cholera- Founder @ iSpy Sport Search
In UK. Was £149.99. Now £79.99 inc Del. (47%) Black & White. Finishes midnight UK
28 Alternatives to Echo by Amazon

Google Pixel 3 is the latest flagship smartphone by Google with one of the best cameras on the market.

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The Verge
After every Avengers movie, there's always one question left unanswered: what's it like for the everyday New Yorker who has to navigate annoying alien invasions every few years? It's not just Michael Keaton's Damage Control team in Spider-Man: Homecoming who has to worry about New York after every attack.
TechRadar
The Google Pixel 3 is now official, and below we're collating all of the details you need to know about the next-gen pure Android flagship phone from Google. It has just been announced at an event in New York as you read this, and if you're so inclined you can watch the official Google Pixel 3 livestream now.
16 Alternatives to Google Pixel 3

An open-source home assistant powered by a Raspberry Pi 🗣️

Gladys is an open-source program which runs on your Raspberry Pi.

She integrates into your life, seamlessly communicating across your entire home network and your devices while checking you calendar.

7 Alternatives to Gladys

Smart, hands-free calling, with Alexa built in

Connecting through Portal feels like being together in the same room, even when you’re far apart. And Portal makes it easier to connect more regularly with the most important people in your life.

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Recode
Today Facebook is unveiling Portal, its version of a kitchen or living-room gadget meant to compete with Alexa devices from Amazon and related gizmos from Google. But is it really a good idea to pitch people on a Facebook-powered camera and microphone in your home? In some ways, Portal feels familiar.
Facebook Newsroom
What if you could easily connect with your closest friends and family and feel like you're in the same room - even when you're miles apart? Today, we're excited to announce Portal and Portal+, two new video communication devices for the home that dramatically change the way we keep in touch.
CNBC
Facebook is the latest tech company to enter the smart-speaker market, offering a pair of voice-controlled devices that are optimized for video calling. The Portal and Portal+ are smart speakers that feature tablet-sized screens. There are plenty of similar devices already on the market, but Facebook is betting on augmented reality and AI to make video calls… See more
The Verge
As Facebook works to contain the fallout from its biggest-ever data breach, the company is introducing a product that will bring a camera and microphone into your living room. Facebook Portal, and the larger Portal Plus, are smart displays that are laser-focused on video chatting.
Engadget
View View View View They're more than just typical smart screens. Gallery: Facebook Portal | 9 Photos Befitting their name, they're essentially windows that let you stay in touch with your friends and family as if you were in the same room, a concept Facebook calls "social presence."
9 Alternatives to Facebook Portal

Amazon's assistant w/ improved voice recognition and design

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Justin Mitchell
Justin Mitchell- Keeping remote teams in sync @ Yac.Chat
Can't go wrong with an Echo Dot. Cheap. Everyone has an Amazon account. At it's most basic level it's still useful even without a speaker system hooked up to it.
Tejas Kinger
Tejas Kinger- SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc
I've also been using the guided meditation skill from the Alexa skill store on my Amazon Echo Dot. That works well too!
Mike Monaco
Mike Monaco
Control your home with your voice, feel like Tony Stark. Cheap enough to place one in each of your most frequented rooms.
13 Alternatives to Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

A self-contained, Alexa-connected speaker from Sonos

The Sonos One is Sonos's newest speaker, with Alexa integration and a powerful speaker for any home.

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The Verge
Sonos has a message for the Amazon Echos, Google Homes, and Apple HomePods of the world: not so fast. In an attempt to fend off the growing competition from companies trying to invade (and make smarter) its specialty of multi-room audio, today Sonos revealed an updated speaker, the Sonos One, with far-field microphones that allow it to work with digital assi… See more
TechCrunch
THe Sonos One is a new speaker designed from the ground-up for voice interaction via Alexa. The speaker is similar to the current home speakers Sonos sells but six internal microphones allow you to speak to the spaker without extra voice control hardware.
13 Alternatives to Sonos One

Get more control over your smart assistants

Project Alias is a teachable “parasite” that is designed to give users more control over their smart assistants, both when it comes to customisation and privacy.

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The Verge
An open-source hardware project promises to keep Amazon and Google's smart assistants from listening in on your private conversations by constantly creating white noise, as first spotted by Fast Company . The gadget, called Alias, is an always-listening speaker, but it only connects to the internet during the initial setup process.
Fast Company
Fungi of the rain forest can be nasty parasites. Eager to reproduce, they'll infect a far larger, more powerful insect, taking control of its brain, and using its strength against it-animating the zombie insect to climb to the far reaches of the rain forest canopy.
6 Alternatives to Project Alias

A multi-function home control interface.

Josh Micro is the latest installment from Josh.ai. This puck sized device houses the entire Josh processor, including automatic device discovery and configuration, language processing, learning, and more. We've packed the hardware with sensors to detect motion, ambient light, temperature, humidity, and touch. Learn more at Josh.ai.

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NewsCenter.io
Josh.ai, a voice-activated home automation system provider, today announced the launch of its new product Josh Micro. Josh Micro is a new hardware product that runs the Josh.ai software on a far-field microphone for hands-free voice control. The product launch comes on the heels of ...
Medium
SAN DIEGO - August 31, 2017  - Josh.ai, a leader in advanced voice technology for the home, will debut Josh Micro at CEDIA 2017, a new hardware platform combining a home control processor, far-field microphone array, and revolutionary user interface - all in a package that fits in the palm of your hand.
Cepro
Josh.ai is a home-automation start-up that touts its natural-language processing (NLP) as a distinct advantage over other voice-controllable smart-home systems. At CEDIA 2017, the company will introduce a "distributed" approach to whole-house control, whereby a full-featured IoT hub, the new Josh Micro, could grace every room of the house, or just one of the… See more
10 Alternatives to Josh Micro

Alibaba's Echo-like smart speaker competitor

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TechNode
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched the smart speaker Tmall Genie X1 today, elbowing its way into the crowded digital voice assistant market where there're already big name incumbents like Amazon, Apple, Google, and JD (their main e-commerce competitor). Powered by a custom Smart Audio chip, the 126mm-tall virtual assistant speaker supports an 6-beam m… See more
U.S.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd launched on Wednesday a cut-price voice assistant speaker, similar to Amazon.com Inc's "Echo", its first foray into artificially intelligent home devices. The "Tmall Genie", named after the company's e-commerce platform Tmall, costs 499 yuan ($73.42), significantly less than western counterparts by Amazon… See more
Voicebot
Marriott announced a joint venture with Alibaba in early August to provide new services for travelers in China.
The Verge
China's Alibaba is among the largest internet e-commerce sites in the world (right up there with Amazon). So it's not too surprising that today the company announced the Tmall Genie, an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker. Instead of Amazon's Alexa, the Tmall Genie features the AliGenie voice assistant.
6 Alternatives to Tmall Genie
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