I have to make this clear right off the bat: this blog post isn’t going to tell whether you should buy an Amazon Echo or Google Home.
More in line with our traditional Appy Hour spirit, we’re putting together a list of the apps that go above and beyond when it comes to helping you get the most out of your Amazon Echo and Google Home functionality.
Right now, we’re at a place where we see apps evolving, right before our eyes. It kicked off in 2014, when Amazon launched their wireless speaker, the Echo. The Echo was powered by Alexa, the virtual assistant that promised to streamline our lives by letting the endless chores we depend on our phones and mobile devices to handle be done via voice command. In 2 years, Amazon sold about 5.5 million Echos, and the idea that we could have Star Trek-worthy tech in our home was cemented. Google Home followed suit in 2016 with the Google Home, powered by the Google Assistant.
1. IFTTT | Echo/Google Home
IFTTT (If This, Then That) is a smart home platform that connects all the apps you love, letting you create commands (recipes, in IFTTT parlance) for your favorite web services, social media apps, hardware and more. When you connect it to Alexa or Google Assistant, all these recipes (“Email me when TechCrunch publishes a new tech article” “Automatically update my Android wallpaper with NASA’s image of the day”) are just a voice command away. Being able to create these custom commands what makes IFTTT such a standout; it’s making apps that don’t yet have Echo or Google Home skills accessible.
One of IFTTT’s popular ESPN recipes. When you use IFTTT with the Echo or Google Home, you can direct access all the commands you’ve created by voice.
2. Logitech Harmony Hub | Echo/Google Home
You know how your TV remote likes to dive into the couch and hide out there sometimes? Usually when you want to settle in and binge Grey’s Anatomy? When you integrate Logitech’s Harmony Hub with Alexa, your remote can hang out wherever it wants. Alexa and your Google Home can use the Harmony Hub to control your TV, Xbox, cable box, and sound bar, plus smart home systems and devices from companies like Nest and Phillips.
Re-enactment of what happens to the typical TV remote.
3. Dominos | Echo/Google Home
Whether Dominos is your favorite pizza or not, the company’s truly become a leader in utilizing mobile to engage and delight their users. And it’s working; Dominos reported higher same-store sales in 2016, with 60% of sales coming from mobile devices. Not surprisingly, Dominos was one of the first ecommerce brands (and certainly the first of the big pizza/delivery brands) to create skills for both the Echo and the Google Home. Just tell Alexa or Google you want the Easy Order set in your account, and use either monitor its status to your front door.
4. 7 Minute Workout | Echo/Google Home
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