Alexa, Siri, Google - How Much Do You Value Our Privacy?

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There is no doubt about it. The addition of voice assistance devices into homes around the world is one of the most spectacular changes made in the past 100 years. The idea that a machine can recognize your voice and answer any question for you would have been unbelievable to our grandparents.  Most people know the two iterations of this device to be Alexa and Google, but there is another kid on the block named Homepod. The Homepod uses Siri to do all the things the other assistants do and possibly more. Here are short explanations of how these three devices compare:

Alexa

Alexa is cloud-based voice service that is available on tens of millions of devices offered by Amazon, along with third-party device manufacturers. According to Amazon, Alexa offers a more intuitive way to interact with the technology that individuals use daily.

Amazon adds that users can add capabilities to Alexa; integrate Alexa into devices, and connect devices to Alexa. In its second generation, Alexa-controlled Echo Speaker is expanding its smart-home, music, and digital-assistant programs. Other capabilities include:

  • searching the web

  • shopping online

  • controlling smart-home products

  • creating to-do lists

  • playing music

  • sending instant weather reports

However, there are still things Alexa cannot do. For example, what Alexa can answer is outweighed by what it can't. It's just not Google. Also, the Amazon device has a limited number of wake words or the words you use to get Alexa's attention. The only words available are Alexa, Amazon, Echo or Computer. Echo also has a problem with hearing your command when there is noise in the background. The new Echo is better if the background noise is at a moderate level.

You may have recently seen on a newscast or on the web that websites and browsers are not the only places that your information. It can also create communication with third-party services, such as Uber, Domino's, and online banking sites. We think you see where we are going. Alexa may be spying on you.

Google Home

Google Home has the immense advantage of its search engine. When used for a family, Google can differentiate between the voices speaking. Even though it heads the list in answering inquiries, in other realms, performing simple tasks can be difficult. Processes like adding information to your Google calendar or making your grocery list can become awkward. This device also comes in the form of Google Home Mini and Google Home Max, an upgraded iteration.

One action that sets Google apart is its ability to understand two commands at once. Another feature that is better than Alexa's is the Chromecast Audio multiroom audio system. Music and audio can be streamed to several rooms simultaneously.

If you open your Google Home or Alexa without saying the "wake word," neither of these devices is recording. But once you say "OK, Google," the devices will start to record. They will continue to record until you cut the machine off.  

Siri

Besides being a powerful speaker, HomePod can also fill the bill of intelligent home assistant, music authority, handling basic day-to-day tasks, and controlling your smartphone. Apple decided to change the way music sounds at home and came up with HomePod which combines advanced software and Apple-engineered audio technology.

As you might have imagined, the HomePod's under 7" design is sleek and attractive. But this small device has seven tweeters, each with a precision acoustic horn. Apple's not playing around. An Apple A* chip enables the microphone to hear voice commands over music. The HomePod also senses the room around it and adjusts the music automatically.

HomePod is also capable of:

  • telling you the latest news

  • reporting traffic situations

  • keeping up with sports news

  • weather reporting

  • setting reminders

  • listing tasks

  • sending messages

  • hands-free calling

  • controlling smart home accessories

Thanks to Siri, HomePod can set timers, convert measurements, translate, read your texts, start or receive a call, and hand it off to HomePod. But, Apple has promised not to store or sell any data collected by HomePod. Last year, Killian Bell of the CultofMac website, wrote this:

HomePod won't send anything to Apple's servers until a user activates it with the "Hey, Siri" command. Apple encrypts any information received after that point. The data gets encrypted and sent using an anonymous ID.

That promise is going to make plenty of HomePod owners very happy. It appears that HomePod data is safe with Siri. Blue Kaboom wants your internet activities to be safe. we also want to help you with your marketing strategies. Give us a visit to see what we're up to!