Image by Frederik Hermann, available via CC BY-SA 2.0 Google sparked a small firestorm last week as reports surfaced that its intelligent assistant device Google Home had delivered what appeared to be an unsolicited advertisement to unsuspecting owners. The reports first emerged on Reddit and Twitter, where users who own Google Home devices posted that Google slipped in an ad for Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast movie. As one user explained on Reddit: This morning while I was getting ready for work, I did my usual “Okay Google, good morning”. After information about the time and weather, my google home said something along the lines of “By the way, Beauty and The Beast opens in theaters today. In this version, Belle is the inventor. Sounds more like it to me.” A mixed response from Home owners Not surprisingly, many of the Google Home owners who heard the ad were not pleased. “Why in … [Read more...] about Is Google’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ ad the future of paid voice search?
Google Home and Amazon Echo
As anticipated, Apple introduced its Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor today at WWDC, its developer conference in San Jose. The retro-named HomePod has Siri built in, but Apple didn't lead with that or immediately present the new device as a stand-alone virtual assistant. The company made its pitch by emphasizing the sound quality of the speaker and the overall music experience (Apple Music is integrated). Apple initially presented HomePod as a Sonos competitor rather than a rival for Google Home and Echo. The virtual assistant features were mentioned almost as an afterthought. The HomePod with Siri can do most or all of the things that Google Home and Amazon Echo do, although there was no discussion of a developer ecosystem (that's coming, undoubtedly). We won't know how well it performs versus the other devices until it's released in December. At $349, it's the most expensive of the three; Echo retails for $179 and Google Home for $129. … [Read more...] about Apple introduces HomePod: A premium speaker with Siri
Fresh off its recent voice search study, Stone Temple Consulting compared the relative accuracy of Google Home and Amazon Echo. The SEO firm posed 5,000 questions to each unit “to see which device was smarter.” In its discussion of results, the firm makes clear that the test was not a comparison of the full range of virtual assistant capabilities. Rather it sought to determine which device more often gave a correct answer to a wide range of factual questions. The specific list of questions wasn’t provided. Percentage of 5,000 questions device attempted to answer There were some scoring nuances that Stone Temple describes in its own blog post, which I won’t reproduce here. As one might anticipate, however, Google was able to answer many more questions than Echo/Alexa. That’s consistent with my personal experience and makes sense given Google’s search index. Google Home answered more than three times the number of questions that Amazon Echo could. The … [Read more...] about Google Home has more answers than Amazon Echo
On the first full day that we had a Google Home in our house, we interacted with it 473 times over the course of the day. Four hundred of those were my two-year-old asking it to play “Cherry Bomb” by The Runaways, followed by his mother or me interrupting with, “Hey Google! Stop!” (Look, I love that song, too, but enough is enough, you know?) The point is, watching the way that my family interacts with the device, and how often they interact with it, I’m more inclined to believe the forecast that sales of Amazon Echo and Google Home type devices will go from 1.8 million this year to 15.1 million in 2020. Have you seen this demo video from Google I/O?: It really can do all of those things, like turn on your lights and help you plan your day. There are many times where it gets stumped and says “Sorry, I’m not sure how to help with that,” but not nearly as many as Amazon Echo, as you can see in Danny Sullivan’s review. For the most … [Read more...] about SEO without SERPs is here with Google Assistant, Home and Amazon Echo. Here’s how to survive.