I’m afraid if you are concerned about privacy you might want to wait for the HomePod. Otherwise in terms of adoption I think Amazon’s echo is much more widespread in the U.K. so I’m assuming it will be better supported and have more features at the moment.
If you use Google for everything I would 100% recommend Google Home. I was in the same boat as you and stayed out with an echo Dot (it was a gift) and being completely excluded from the ecosystem I’ve been using for years was a nightmare.
I’ve found overall the reliability and ability of the Google home is much better.
Having used both Amazon Echo and Google Home side-by-side for the past 7 months, I’d recommend Google’s offering. They’re both infuriating at times but Google’s Assistant is a bit less stupid. Both support all my IoT devices. The real killer though is if you use an Android phone. If so, then Google really leaps out ahead due to your phone essentially becoming a second Google Assistant device.
The Google devices are about a million times superior. They answer more questions correctly, support multiple voice profiles, the Home Mini has a much better speaker than the Dot, and you don’t have to manually enable third party services one-by-one.
My interpretation of what Apple has said is that HomePod will pass SiriKit commands to an associated iOS Device. SiriKit commands are those that incorporate third party apps. They have to be handed off to a device because the apps simply aren’t on the HomePod. Messages also have to be handed off because the iMessage account wont be setup on the HomePod. I cant see things like weather, show times, sport, or general questions being handed off as they don’t require any specific information about the person.
As time progresses, we’ll see software updates that improve the functionality of HomePod, much like we saw with Apple Watch. I would love a HomePod, but am going to wait for the 2nd or 3rd Generation.
I do have an Amazon Echo and have been very impressed by it. She has been acting up a little bit lately, claiming to not know my lights when they’re called the same as they always have been - but I think that’s just a glitch.
I recently bought the Sonos One. Don’t make the same mistake. It is terrible in it’s current state. The speaker itself is incredible for its size - but the Alexa integration is just awful. It’s over sensitive too. I was watching Modern Family on my iPad yesterday in bed, and whenever anyone said ‘Alex’, my Sonos woke up
I have no experience of Google Home
TLDR; HomePod will get better over time, wait for Gen 2 or 3. Echo is fab, Sonos One is crap rn.
Aye, it doesn’t integrate fully into a GSuite account. I’ve switched from a GSuite account back to a standard account after getting my Google Home(s). The majority of things are fine, however the kicker was that it couldn’t access your calendar, so it couldn’t tell you what you had on for the day when asked.
I believe the other thing was email integration, but i’ve never tried to get it to read my emails, so I am not sure. I can confirm the calendar issue though on Google Home. Ironically I read that Echo can access your GSuite calendar, but you may want to confirm that yourself.
That’s maybe one way, but then you would be stuck using that non GSuite account on the home.
Baffles me why they have that rule, and they don’t particularly seem interested in sorting it any time soon. I’m sure they cite the reason being security or something. But then , apparently your echo can access it (and google assistant on your phone too, from what I can remember?)