We have been asked about the difference between Google Assistant and a Google Nest smart speaker for controlling smart home products like AirTouch. How are they different or the same? More homes across Australia are getting smart speakers for the family to call out to: Whether it be to ask a question about the weather, search for an answer online to help with homework, order food, play music or a show on the TV, or control smart home appliances like the air conditioner. Also, more smartphone users are taking to controlling smart voice activated assistants on their devices.
The difference between the Google Assistant and the Nest Home Smart Speaker is really easy: Think of Assistant as the voice-controlled interface, and the smart speaker as another means or piece of technology you can use to interact with it.
Who is Google Assistant?
Google Assistant is the smart voice-controlled assistant by Google. An AI powered, smart assistant that is available on smart devices, like your smartphone and speaker such as a Nest. It is a voice-controlled interface that also talks to you with the compatible device that you choose. Available with a “Hey Google” or “Ok Google” when you need it, wherever you are as long as there is an active internet connection with your device.
Google Assistant links with other services and products. You can access and control things like your Netflix, YouTube, Spotify or other online accounts through them, as well as link it with compatible smart home devices. AirTouch works with the Assistant to let you control your home climate with it if you have it on your smartphone or own a compatible speaker.
What about a Google Nest Speaker?
The Google Nest or Home speaker comes in a variety of forms: The Nest Mini or if you are more into listening to music, you may prefer the Nest Audio. Both of these are smart speakers you can call out too. If you want to have an option with a screen, currently in 2021 you can choose the Nest Hub (7”) or Nest Hub Max (10” screen) which even comes with a webcam to let you make Zoom calls for example. All of these are devices that you can use to interface with Google Assistant. They give you the ability to call out to it in your home without having to reach for your phone. A popular and easy choice for voice controlled home automation.
If you want to use your phone or a speaker, you can call out to control your home air conditioning: Learn more about how you can use them with AirTouch here. With AirTouch we are not tied to just one smart assistant system so you have choice.