I’ve been living with the Google Home Max and Apple’s HomePod side by side for almost 6 months, and they both have one major problem (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL)

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I’ve been testing the Google Home Max and Apple’s HomePod side by side for nearly six months.
Both devices have their pros and cons, but they share a larger issue: They both listen in and speak out of turn constantly.
At this point, I like both devices equally, but if you’re concerned about your privacy, don’t buy either one.

For going on six months, I’ve been conducting an experiment at my apartment: I have Google’s Home Max and Apple’s HomePod living side by side in an attempt to find out which one is better.

The Google Home Max was announced in September 2017. I’ve been using it for a while, and I’ve documented my love for the device time and again.

The HomePod — Apple’s answer to the Home Max, the Echo Plus, and other high-end smart speakers on the market — was announced earlier, in June 2017, but got a delayed start and didn’t make it to market until last February.

The two speakers cost about the same ($350 to $400), bear a similar look and feel (rounded, relatively blob-like, available in two colors), and do mostly the same things (play your music, answer questions, control your smart home). I was curious what they’d be like side by side, if one would far outpace the other in terms of usefulness and effectiveness.

I expected a clear winner, or at least some very steep competition.

But what I found over the course of several months was something a bit more disturbing.

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Before we get to the more serious issues, I want to talk about the surface-level pros and cons. Let’s start with the Google Home Max, and all the things I love and hate about it.

With the Google Home Max, there are plenty of positives I could say. Despite a steep initial price ($400!) I’ve found that it’s held up after about a year. I still love it just as much as the day I set it up, so anyone who shells out for it likely won’t regret it, even 12 months later.

The best things about the device are the sound quality (excellent), the intelligence of the Google Assistant (high), and the general ease of use. It’s rare that the Home Max doesn’t work how I want it to. More recently, I got the hang of multi-room audio using the Max and my Home Minis, and it’s been game-changing.

However, I do have some reservations about the Google Home Max.

I don’t like that using the device forced me to switch over from Apple Music, which I loved, to Spotify, which I do not love. (Apple Music doesn’t work with Google Assistant, so I would have missed out on the main selling point of the Home Max if I hadn’t …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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