I remember first hearing about Amazon Echo. I was at a friend’s house and she said, “Check this out….Alexa, play big band music”  And just like that the room lit up with the sounds of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glenn Miller. My smile came from not only seeing how the voice activation worked, but I believe my smile was bigger because she remembered that big band music is one of my things.

Being an Aging In Place expert, can you guess what one of the first things that popped into my head about Alexa was? The million dollar question: If someone needed help, could they ask Alexa to make a call? Back then the answer was no. Today the answer is yes! Outside of Amazon and Google jumping through hoops to be the better one, technology in our homes today absolutely works for ALL ages. It sure makes living at home throughout the ages easy.

Amazon Echo and Google Home both allow you to make outbound calls to regular phones. Google Home devices can’t receive calls. Amazon’s Echo can receive calls from other Echos, and it can also receive calls on your home phone line with a $34.99 Echo Connect box.

Check out this article from PC Mag written in June 2018. It lists the following information for both Amazon Echo & Google Home 

  • Alexa vs. Google Assistant
  • Alexa and Google Assistant vs. Cortana and Siri
  • Which Speaker Will Look Best In Your Home?
  • How Do They Sound?
  • Voice Control
  • Smart Home Integration
  • Wi-Fi, Skills, and Call
  • Alexa and Google Assistant Ecosystems

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