5 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home cannot

Amazon Echo and Google Home have been in intense competition for years. Both Google and Amazon have been working hard to add more features and skills to their smart speakers. Google Home is getting better and better every year, but there’s something missing that prevents it from overthrowing the Echo.

In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 things Amazon Echo can do that Google Home cannot. For some background, Google Home is now priced at $120.95, while its main rival, Amazon Echo costs $99, 99 at Amazon.com.

  1. Track packages with Amazon Echo

One of the highlights of the Echo lies in the ability to track items ordered at Amazon, all made possible by Amazon’s virtual helper, Alexa. To track your orders, you simply say: “Alexa, where’s my stuff?” Once you do that, Alexa will give you an estimated delivery date. To cancel your order, you simply say: “Cancel the order.” You can also get notifications when your orders are out for shipping right on your Amazon devices. To do this, open the Alexa app > Settings > Notifications > Shopping Notifications.

Some sources say that package tracking feature may hit Google Home in future update releases. In reality, a similar feature has been a part of Google’s smart speaker for months, which means that Google may be testing the feature and launch it to the public in upcoming updates.

  1. Amazon Music and Prime Music

Google Home allows you to enjoy your favorite music tracks from popular music and radio services out there, like Google Play Music, Spotify, and Pandora. However, Google Home does not include support for Amazon Music and Prime Music. This comes as no surprise, as they are competitors. According to tech experts, Amazon has no plan to bring its own music-streaming services to Google Home. Instead, the company wants to make Amazon Music and Prime Music a selling point of the Echo.

  1. Read books out loud

Amazon is the top brand in the eBooks market, mainly thanks to its Kindle lineup of tablets. With the Echo, the company adds the ability to read your Kindle books, thus offering users a fast way to interact with their favorite eBooks. To do this, you simply say: “Alexa, read Gone with the Wind.

Google Home does not include support for playing audiobooks or reading e-books. However, you can play your audiobooks and use your Google Home speaker as the output. To do this, open the Google Play Books app, then play your audiobooks and select Read Aloud. After that, hit the Cast icon from the notification menu and select your Google Home speaker.

  1. Alexa Voice Remote

Voice Remote is a great feature that allows Amazon Echo owners to control their smart speaker even when they are out of voice range, without paying some extra cash. This is something we are expecting to hit Google Home.

  1. Third-party apps

Amazon has opened its smart speaker to third-party developers for several years, allowing users to do a lot more things with their speaker. Users now can try out Alexa for free in their web browser before buying the Echo. To do this, fire up your browser, head to Echosim.io and log into your Amazon account.

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