has introduced the largest number of Smart Assistant devices of the three (the Smart Display Echo Show, Echo Spot, Amazon Basics Microwave, Echo Input, the Echo Auto, Echo Dot, Alexa Echo, as well as the third party assistants Bose Home Speaker, Harman Kardon Allure and the Sonos One. If you’re looking for Alexa supported TV entertainment, the Fire TV stick, Fire TV Cube or the Sonos Beam Soundbar as well as Toshiba and Insignia Smart TV’s are also available. See a list of all Alexa-enabled device here
offers the Google Home, Google Home Max, Google Home Mini and third-party Google Assistant devices (BL Link, Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Nest Cam Iq Indoor). See the list of the best Google-enabled devices here
offers HomePod, Apple Watch as well as the smart assistant Siri on iDevices, like iPhones, iPads, Apple TV’s/Siri Remotes. However, Apple hasn't added support for any third party hardware.
5. Voice Control & Voice Automation
Voice Assistants were the main driver and the entry point for these platforms to the Smart Home market.
In one of our previous articles
we have focused solely on testing and presenting all the features of Voice Assistants, from music, shopping, productivity to an extensive overview of Smart Home usability.
As a conclusion to our research of Smart Assistant Platforms, we can sum up the takeaways into these main points: Amazon Alexa is leading in terms of compatibility with IoT devices while racing with Apple on the best automation dashboard. Apple HomeKit has the upper hand in the visualisation game with the best home management dashboard while it’s lagging behind with the size of its Ecosystem. Alexa is missing a Smart Watch on its list of enabled devices, while Apple is beating both competitors with its fully connected features (geofencing etc.). Google is more or less playing catch up on all fronts, although this could also mean that there are a lot of updates to come in this fight for survival of the smartest. In any case - Assistant Platforms are a sign of the new era in home management and automation.
And admit it, the well-thought-out user experience from the giants of Silicon Valley combined with the German stability is as smart as a Smart Home gets.