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Amazon and Google have competed for a long time for the No. 1 Smart Speaker Spot. And while Google Home has features that Echo doesn'tSimilar to listening to multiple commands at once, Amazon has a number of unique capabilities that Google has not yet mastered. (The echo also has one worrying sense of humor.)

Amazon Echo only (

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) can guard your house and warn you if it hears anything suspicious while you are away. You will also find out when your packages can no longer be delivered. Google Home (

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) I still can't track your parcels, and I can't tell you if someone broke into your house even though it announced last week Another six promotions, including sticky notes, were added to the portfolio,

In this article, you will learn which functions your Amazon Echo does not offer on Google Home and how you set them up.

Delivery Notifications

The Google Home smart speaker won't tell you when a package is ready for delivery, but the echo definitely can – no surprise since it's an Amazon product.

Alexa will notify you from the time your Amazon order ships to the moment it arrives. Just say something like "Alexa, where are my packages?" to get an update. You can also enable notifications for Domino so you know when to expect your pizza order.

Alexa can whisper back to you

When you wake up in the middle of the night, you no longer have to look at the bright screen of your phone to see what time it is. Instead, you can whisper to Alexa and ask what time it is – or some other command, such as turning on the lights. You don't have to change anything in the settings to do this. All you have to do is whisper to your Amazon Echo and it will go into whisper mode. No other language assistants have this ability yet.

Alexa supports Amazon Music, Prime Music and Apple Music

While Google Home supports popular music streaming services like Spotify, YouTube Music, Google Play Music, Pandora, and more, Apple Music and Amazon Music, both services from major hardware competitors, are still not supported.

Alexa, on the other hand, does. When you unzip Amazon Echo, Amazon Prime Music is the default music service. However, you can also change these settings in Apple Music. The rivalry with Google seems to be so great that Google Play Music is excluded from your list of options.

If you're mostly listening to songs with Apple Music, open the Alexa app menu and choose the settings, Under Alexa Settings, tap Music & podcasts > Link new service > and choose Apple Music, tap Activate usage and sign in to your account with your Apple ID.

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Listen to Amazon Music, Prime Music, Apple Music and more on your Echo speaker.

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Build your own skills

There is an option in the Alexa app that allows you to create your own personalized skills. To do this, open the app menu and select blueprints,

From here you have a list of templates to choose from, such as: B. Custom questions and answers, games, stories, greetings and more. When you have made your choice, tap Make your own to develop your skills.

The skills you create are private, so only your Echo devices have the information. You can also Create Alexa Skills on your desktop,

You can put Alexa in your car

You already know that Alexa is a great assistant for your smart home, but it can also be useful to take her with you in the car. Your Echo enables hands-free commuting so that you don't press any buttons on the car radio when changing lanes.

You can either use your Echo Dot into a USB port or you can use Amazon Echo Auto and plug it into a USB port or the lighter port. Note that you need to use your phone's mobile data to use your echo in the car. Remember to hide the device when parking.

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Echo Auto connects to your car's USB and lighter ports.

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Echo can guard your house

If you leave town and are worried about leaving your home unattended, you can do it Set up Alexa Guard on your Amazon Echo, After activation, your smart speaker waits for sounds such as glass breakage and an alarm. You can also turn your smart lights on and off periodically to make them look like someone else's home.

To set up, open the Alexa app menu and select the settings, Scroll to the bottom of the list and tap Guard > Set up guard, Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup. Now when you're ready to leave the house, just say "Alexa, I'm leaving" to activate wake mode.

Note that Google homepage can be coupled with Nest SecureHowever, Google Home itself does not yet have this special protective measure.

Set up location triggers

When you arrive at home in the evening, it's nice when the lights are on so you can see where you're going. Amazon Echo allows you to set up location triggers so the lights turn on automatically when you drive into the driveway. Of course, you have to put smart bulbs outside and inside if you don't want to go into a dark house.

To set up location triggers, you need Create an Alexa routine, Simply open the Alexa app menu and choose routines, Tap the plus sign in the top right. Now you have to add the routine name and tap When that happens and choose place, Enter your home address and tap Arrives and then Next, Choose now Add action > Smart home > and tap on the name of your smart lights, e.g. B. "Living room".

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Leave your lights on when you get home.

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Alexa will soon be able to tell when you are upset

Last year, Amazon announced that it had its voice assistants frustration recognition, That said, if Alexa hears an irritating tone in your voice, she'll apologize and try to clarify what you actually expect from her. The new feature will be launched this year and will start with music requests.

For example, if you ask Alexa to play Maroon 5 and something else is playing, the voice assistant will recognize the anger in your voice – "Alexa! PLAY MAROOOOOON 5 !!!" – and will try to adapt as a person does.

While it is pleasant for Amazon Echo owners to know how their platform stands out from the competition, your Echo Smart Speaker can do much more 5 essential Amazon Echo tips you need to know now to this Six things you probably haven't tried with your Amazon Echo,

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