It’s been almost four years since Google first introduced its Made by Google hardware initiative that began with the Google Home. It introduced the Google Assistant into our homes while also giving Amazon’s Echo devices a run for their money.
For the last couple of years, Toronto-based Ecobee has been known for its smart thermostats but for 2020, the company decided to venture into the smart security camera category with their SmartCamera.
Philips Hue has been one of the more popular smart home systems and if you’re like, then you’ve decked out your room or house with Hue bulbs.
When Lenovo launched the Smart Display last year, it offered a great visual way to interact with the Google Assistant. Fast forward to 2019 and Lenovo has launched a follow up to with the Lenovo Smart Clock which does most of the same features but just in a smaller package.
Nowadays, there is no shortage of Amazon Echo devices that come with a number of features and sometimes at a cost. One of the most recent devices is the Echo Dot (3rd Gen) which is one of the cheapest Echo devices and a vast improvement over the previous version.
One of the more popular smart home lighting systems is Philips Hue. The nice thing about Philips Hue is that they don’t just offer regular bulbs, they offer a variety of bulbs to choose from.
When Google announced Smart Displays at CES 2018, they introduced a new to visually interact with the Google Assistant. It also gave Google a leg up on Amazon, as an answer to the Echo Show and Echo Spot.
It’s no secret that Amazon wants Alexa everywhere in all shapes and sizes. The newest form that Alexa comes in (at least in Canada) is the Echo Spot. The device is the first (and only) touchscreen Echo devices to makes its way up north and the screen does enhance the overall Alexa experience but the device has few flaws.
Over the past few years, our homes have been getting smarter, thanks to smart speakers that can be used to control devices in your home using just your voice. Amazon has been dominating the smart speaker market since it first introduced their Echo devices back in November 2014.
Google wants to put the Assistant everywhere, everything from smartphones & watches to speakers, TVs and even cars. This is, so they can compete with Amazon and their takeover with Alexa. Google is also partnering up with companies to make devices with the Google Assistant built-in rather than making their own branded ones, one of which is the TicHome Mini which is by Mobvoi.