Check out key differences between Alexa and Google.
Updated: Dec 31, 2019
The top two contenders are Amazon's Echo with Alexa and the Google Home Mini. They have a few differences worth considering. Where you live also makes a difference so we created two comparison tables - one for Canada and one for the United States.
The Echo Dot & Google Home Mini: Amazon & Google's most affordable and most popular speakers.
The Echo Plus & Google Home: each with a SmartHome Hub controllers inside.
The HomePod: Apple's only speaker, a combination Speaker/SmartHome Hub controller.
The charts also tells you what you'll need to make your speaker work. For example, you will need a SmartPhone, Tablet, iPad, or iPhone with a compatible operating system to install the Alexa app or the Google home apps. Specifically...
Smartphone or tablet with no less than Android 5.0 or iOS9 for iPhones and iPads.
A SmartPhone or iPhone to make Alexa's voice calling features work (both in-app calling and calls to mobile or landline phones.)
NOTE: Alexa will run on lower operating systems but her voice features will NOT work on with with anything less than the Android 5.0 or iOS9 operating systems.
Wishing you the best,