Choosing The Right Virtual Assistant For Smart Home Automation

Posted By : Anirudh Bhardwaj | 08-Apr-2020

Choosing Virtual Assistant For Smart Home Automation

Smart home automation solutions enable users to turn their house into a smart home by effortlessly managing their IoT devices. People can use a mobile app to gain control of their smart devices and centrally manage them at their fingertips. However, using voice-based virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant is becoming increasingly popular these days. You can use them to control a wide range of home appliances including lights, air-conditioners, smart locks, thermostats, and more. At the same time, it is critical to choose the right virtual assistant to voice control your smart home appliances. 

 

At Oodles Technologies, we routinely receive requests for smart home app development with voice-control features. Upon receiving these requests, we carefully analyze clients’ requirements and suggest the best virtual assistant to integrate seamlessly with their app. 

 

In this blog post, we put together important considerations while choosing a virtual assistant for your smart home app development project. We also compare popular virtual assistants on key performance parameters. 

 

Also read Improving Workforce Productivity With Smart Office Applications

 

Things To Consider

If you plan to automate your home appliances, the first step to consider is compatibility. You must ensure that your virtual assistant is fully compatible with the smart home devices that you own. For voice-based virtual assistance, we have three main devices at our disposal i.e Google Nest, Amazon Echo, and Apple HomePod. A majority of smart home accessories available in the market are compatible with at least one of these devices. Please note that you can configure Google Nest and Amazon Echo on both Android and iOS smartphones. However, to configure Apple HomePod, you must have at least one of the following devices - iPhone, iPad or Mac. 

 

To integrate these devices with your smart home equipment, you must ensure that all the devices are connected to the same WiFi network. Let’s move further and compare the most commonly used smart home assistants.

 

Amazon Alexa 

Amazon Alexa is by far the most extensively used virtual assistant for home automation app development and integration solutions. Alexa is fully compatible with most of the smart home and IoT devices available in the market. It comes with advanced features and capabilities including Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). As a result, it delivers great user experiences with increased accuracy and better user convenience. In addition, you get multi-language support to seamlessly interact with Alexa in your native language. As of today, it supports 15+ widely spoken languages as well as six English dialects.  

 

You must also be careful with the Echo device that you are going to purchase since there are several different variants. Ideally, purchasing the Echo Dot smart speaker is wise and cost-effective choice to get started. However, if you are looking for a better user experience, then Echo Show smart displays are definitely the best option. 

 

Pros

 

  • A wide range of compatible devices
  • 80,000+ unique Alexa skills
  • Compatible with third-party IoT devices
  • Multi-language support
  • Easy to use and integrate

 

Cons

 

  • Lack of privacy as anyone can view private conversations
  • Marketing companies can identify your device location
  • Can’t be operated wirelessly, must be plugged-in at all times
  • Quality of Echo smart speaker is not very impressive

 

Google Assistant

Google Assistant enjoys a fair share of users because of Google’s extensive reach through its Android operating system. Google Nest smart speakers support both Android and iOS smartphones and can be configured easily as per users’ requirements. There are several devices available under the Google Nest umbrella including thermostats, cameras, doorbells, smart locks, smoke alarms, and voice-based smart speakers. All these devices can be connected with Google Nest smart speakers and digital displays. Here also, you get several AI features, multi-language support and thousands of unique voice-control skills. Google Nest voice devices can recognize up to six different voices and you can create multiple accounts for better privacy and personalization. 

 

Pros

 

  • Better privacy features
  • Better personalization
  • Quick updates 
  • Support for latest Android versions
  • Cost-effective

 

Cons

 

  • Less number of supported devices as compared to Alexa
  • Sound quality is not very impressive
  • Responses may not be accurate
  • You have to summon Google Assistant by calling O.K Google which may get annoying

 

Siri For Apple HomeKit

Siri is yet another virtual assistant popular amongst Apple users for quite a long time. This Apple-exclusive personal assistant offers several unique features and better personalization options than its peers. The major limitation is that you cannot integrate it with third-party smart home devices. However, if you are already a fan of Apple’s elite class product lineup, then you may enjoy a great user experience with Siri-enabled devices. Having said that, you can purchase Apple HomePod to voice-control all supported Apple HomeKit devices. Apple HomePod presents an exclusive range of smart speakers with unmatched sound quality to effortlessly manage your smart devices. HomePod seamlessly integrates with Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem to give you an engaging user experience at all times. 

 

Pros

 

  • Better privacy features than all its peers
  • Better personalization
  • Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem makes it easy to manage across all Apple devices
  • Improved sound quality with Apple HomePod smart speakers

 

Cons

 

  • Supported limited to Apple devices only
  • Less Siri skills available for HomeKit accessories
  • Responses may not always be accurate

 

You may also be interested in reading Overcoming Smart Home Automation Challenges

 

Develop Your Own Assistant

If you have an innovative idea in mind to build an application that may surpass the popularity of the available virtual assistants, you can develop your own assistant app. We, at Oodles Technologies, are experienced in building user-centric virtual assistant apps with AI features to maximize user engagement. Our development team is skilled at using popular app platforms like Amazon Lex and SiriKit to develop engaging assistant apps and conversational interfaces.

 

Why Choose Oodles Technologies For Smart Home Automation Solutions?

We are a seasoned IoT development company that provides full-scale smart home software solutions to centrally manage smart home devices. Our development team is skilled at using tried-and-tested tools and technologies to build feature-rich apps to control a wide range of devices. Our smart home app development services deliver unique user experiences across devices to drive maximum user engagement and interactivity

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