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Top 5 things Amazon's Alexa can do that Google Home can'tAmazon's head start in the smart speaker market makes Alexa hard to beat.
Here are the Top 5 Things Alexa Can Do that Google Home Can't. No. Wait! Let's make that Top 7. Just remember, things can change with software updates. At number seven, not look like an air freshener. Number six, switch profiles easily with a voice command. Number five, read your Kindle books. If you've got Kindle books, you can have your Alexa device read some of them aloud. Not every book supports this feature, but you'll get Alexa handling text to speech. And number four, not burst your wallet. The keyless device that runs Alexa is the Amazon Echo Dot. It costs around 50 bucks. Google Home is $130. If you want to get started with a smart speaker, the Dot is hard to beat. At number three, work with a remote. If for some reason your Alexa device can't really hear you or you don't want to yell, You can pick up the Alexa voice remote for $30. You pick up the controller, hit the mike button and speak into the remote. Google Home did not have anything like this yet. And number two, voice shopping on Amazon. Ordering stuff on Amazon using your voice is pretty simple. If you've ordered an item before, all you've gotta say is something like Alexa. Order me rabbit and potato dog food, and confirm the purchase. Piece of cake. Or piece of dog food. At number 1, access thousands of skills. This is where Alexa devices shine. Amazon calls it voice activated apps skills, and there are thousands of options. Here are a few. Checking your credit card with Capital One, ordering a pizza with Dominos, finding a new trip using Kayak, and lots more. Check out TOP5.CNET.COM to find out the top five things Google Home can do, that Alexa can't. Let me know what you think, I'm @IYAZ on Twitter, and I'll see you online.