Alexa and Google Assistant are finally integrated on new JBL speakers

Alexa and Google

JBL’s latest retro-style smart speaker, unlike Sonos, is the first to house both Google’s and Amazon’s voice assistants in one place for simultaneous use. Harman’s new JBL Authentics 200 ($329.99), Authentics 500 ($699.99), and the handy Authentics 300 ($429.99) speakers, unveiled this week at the IFA technology show in Berlin, are the first to feature Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Collaborator, both of which are compatible.

What’s more, interestingly, any of the speakers can be called up to the right hand at any time. That is, you can request Alexa to play the “Hints of the ’80s” playlist, and then Flatmate can request Google to stop playing it. For example, the Echo Show does not yet include a native YouTube app, and the two companies’ music streaming services are not compatible with each other’s smart speakers. In any case, the virus wars may be breaking the ice.

For starters, the two companies are working together on Matter, a new smart home standard. Now they are integrating voice collaborators in a way that should help customers. In a meeting with Edge magazine, Aaron Rubenson, Amazon’s vice president of Alexa, said, “You can ask either Alexa or Google Koleg to stop certain errands (music that’s playing, a clock that started ringing, attention).

The Multi-Agent Experience (MAX) toolkit allows the assistants to control each other’s timers, music, and know when to let the other talk, but they are not linked to each other because they must be set up separately using the JBL app. Marissa Chacko, head of items for Google Collaborators for Home, told me (at a similar joint meeting), “We’ve enhanced the programming of the sound center so that Alexa and Google Aids don’t talk to each other too much.” Said Amazon’s Rubenson: ”

If someone uses Google to start streaming music and the timer you set on Alexa goes off, we’ll duck the music so you can hear the timer.” All of this means that if you live in a home with multiple assistants, you don’t have to remember which assistant asked you or someone else to start something. This applies to lights, locks, and other smart home devices, even though they need to be set up.

In my living room, I can already have Alexa turn on the lights in my Rootron and have Google turn them off. But that would require two speakers in the room; with the new JBL speakers, one would suffice. But both the Nest Mini and Echo Pop are considerably less expensive than the cheapest JBL products. The JBL Authentics is a major shrewd speaker with voice aid at the same time.

The Authentics speakers, which appeared on JBL.com on September 15 in Europe and September 17 in North America, are top-of-the-line sound gadgets that emphasize Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and Wi-Fi networking. All three models have built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet connectivity and a retro design with an aluminum frame wrapped in black synthetic leather. They also support music streaming via AirPlay, Alexa Multi-Room Music, Spotify Connect, and Chromecast. The compact JBL Authentics 300 ($429.99) has an 8-hour implicit battery.

The JBL Authentics 200 and JBL Authentics 500 are home speakers with Dolby Atmos. The 500 ($699) has three 1-inch tweeters, three 2.75-inch midrange woofers, and a 6.5-inch down-terminated subwoofer for 270 watts of 3.1 channel sound with virtual Dolby Atmos. The 200 ($329) features two 1-inch tweeters, one 5-inch woofer, and a 6-inch inactive radiator. I asked Chacko and Rubenson if they had any plans to implement this new multi-assistant feature in even less expensive speakers, perhaps Google and Amazon’s own products.

Alexa and Google

They expressed that there are currently no plans, but that the two organizations could use the idea. “It was a very smooth meeting working with Amazon,” said Google’s Chacko. ‘This is the first step. We’ll see how it goes and if people are interested.” Rubenson agreed and said the organization is always open to having conversations with possible accomplices about open doors. As late as it was sent off the collaboration with Disney involving another Hello Disney, the right hand voice in the reverb speaker. Obviously, this is not the first time an outsider speaker likewise offered a voice partner decision.

For years, Sonos Speaker has offered Google and Alexa voice assistants, and now Sonos has its own voice assistant. However, either Google or Alexa must be selected first, and you cannot switch between the two without first diving into the settings menu of the Sonos application. For what reason do we need two partners? Past how individuals in your family may have different tendencies, the right hand of each voice has its assets and drawbacks; Google is better suited for general information inquiries and adding to Google’s schedule. Having both available to answer your questions makes a lot of sense.

Nonetheless, as an external speaker, JBL is off the mark in highlighting Google and Amazon equipment. As Chacko pointed out, the speakers do not have Google calling capabilities. According to Rubenson, third-party Amazon Alexa speakers can do everything a third-party Amazon Alexa speaker can do, including changing wake words and using the Alexa Guard feature. Rubenson, on the other hand, said that “the speakers are equivalent in functionality to first-party devices,” while Chacko added that they work to reduce idling and that their response times are comparable to first-party speakers.

According to Google and Amazon, interoperability was the driving force behind this collaboration. Hopefully, if customers can use both services more easily, more people will use voice assistants in general. A year in which both organizations’ hotshot home departments were forced to make cuts is a clear indicator that both organizations need to get more people using their voice partners on a regular basis, if that could mean working with their biggest rivals. “Ideally, (this partnership) would increase the audience for Brilliant Home: …… (so) we don’t have to stress about all the cooperation, so everyone can do it,” says Chacko.

Matter is supposed to provide this. At the moment, however, shrewd speakers are not part of Matter’s specifications. Google Home Center has zero control over Alexa Reverberation and Apple HomePod speakers, regardless of whether they are Matter-enabled or not. That is due to the reason that they are Matter regulators and not make any difference gadgets.” Clearly, there are dreams that innovations like Matter might make it viable for multi-administrator control of various [speakers],” Rubenson said. ‘But we’re not really discussing that here.

It seems to me that an omniscient voice assistant would provide a better user experience, but I can see that that’s still a long way off.” In the meantime, a speaker with multiple personalities would be more useful,” he said. As an industry, though, it is disappointing that this organization was expected to be all in, because it is not managing Matter, but just riding on one (costly) speaker brand. True interoperability will be realized when Google, Alexa, and Siri all work with any smart speaker in the home and you can choose which one to use at any time.

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