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Yes there are several reasons. This blog post explains it about the Echo and the wake word Alexa. I'll summarize a bit. Wake word recognition is done locally and in real-time. That limits the lengths of the wake word due to obvious processing limitations. Furthermore users don't want to recite a poem to activate the smart assistant. Thus, it has to be ...


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If the phone is new enough to run a version of Android with full Google Assistant then it should work for most things. The main points that differ will be: The microphone on the phone won't be nearly as good as the microphone array in the dedicated Google Home device. So voice recognition across the room will likely be not as good. You won't be able to set ...


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Cloud-based services are unlikely to offer much 'local-lan' functionality without some competitive pressure. Specifically, a lan implementation requires a local hub. That could be the service's native hub, or it could (in your case) be a 3rd party hub. Generally, LAN functionality seems to be supported only where there is a WAN fallback (to hide the local ...


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Basically what you can do for training by yourself is to retrain the device for your voice. You'll say consecutive times the wake words as they are prompted by the app. I found a post stating you should tell the wake words all around your home to get different conditions better taken in care. My claim is that the same would apply if you imitate little bit ...


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At the moment, it is impossible to set a schedule for Alexa's volume, according to this reddit thread. Instead, you must manually tell Alexa to "set volume to 0" at night, then set volume to [your preferred value]" in the morning. I believe you can set the alarm/notification volume separately to the master volume in the app (certainly as of December 2016), ...


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This is a dangerous idea, what happens if the internet goes down after turning the device on? If you want a device that can be remote controlled I suggest you look for one that is a device that hosts all the features in it's self. Such devices have their own safety cut offs built in and do not rely on messages having to travel off site and back again to ...


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Is there any technical reason for restricting wake word customization When assistant device is not in use, the application processor (I think ARM in case of Alexa as well as Google Home) is suspended and taken to lowest possible power state. The wake word detection is left to very power efficient DSP which listens to the ambient noise/voices and runs a ...


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Google Assistant is not something you buy, you buy devices that support Google Assistant to varying degrees (e.g. a Nest Home Hub Max supports just about everything possible, where as a Google Home Mini supports less because it doesn't have a screen or a camera). Nearly all modern Android phones support Google Assistant, which will respond to the "OK, ...


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