Cramer warns: Google has more work to do to compete with Amazon’s Alexa


CNBC’s Jim Cramer said on Wednesday that Google, one of the tech giant, has a lot more work to do if it aspires to compete against Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, and its Echo speakers.

Also on Wednesday, Alphabet’s Google unveiled a new partnership with Wal-mart. This paves the way so that the customers of the retail giant would be able to purchase products through Google’s voice-enabled technology.

The said team-up came as Wal-Mart improves and advances its e-commerce operations so that they may be able to compete with Amazon, which presently possesses an edge in the shopping market.

On ” Squawk on the Street, Cramer said, “I don’t think Google Voice shopping is going to be as accurate as Amazon voice shopping.”

“They have more work to do on voice. Voice is everything,” Cramer also added. “Google Voice is not as good as I think people think it is.”

He added that Wal-Mart perhaps should have reached out to the tech Nvidia, but he praised Wal-Mart for having been able to answer Amazon’s Alexa, the dark star.

“So, this is an answer. I don’t think it is a coherent an answer,” Cramer stated. “If you want to play this, I’d play it with Nvidia.”

On the other hand, Marc Lore, Wal-Mart’s head of e-commerce, said that the collaboration with Google makes sense.

Lore related the tech giant has made “significant investments in natural language processing and artificial intelligence to deliver a powerful voice shopping experience” in one of his blog posts.