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Best accessories for households with Android and iPhone

If you live in a home that uses both iOS and Android devices, it doesn't have to mean constant fighting, fanboying, or fracas (alliteration so hard). The two can coexist peacefully, and they can even use the same accessories provided you find the right ones. DJ, cue it up:

Here are the best accessories for homes that want the best of both worlds.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo is Amazon's personal assistant speaker. It comes in four variations: Echo, Dot, Tap, and Show. Each has a somewhat different use, but all of them use Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant.

The best part of Alexa is that it has no allegiance to Android or iPhone — it just works with both. There's an Alexa app for each, so both iPhone and Android users can use it to control smart home devices like Philips Hue lights, Nest thermostats, and more. You can also ask for weather and news updates, make calls, order dinner, and so many more things.

If you want an unbiased virtual assistant, then Amazon Echo is the way to go!

Amazon Echo vs. Dot vs. Tap vs. Show: Which should you buy?

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Google Home

Google Home is Google's smart speaker, using Google Assistant as its virtual assistant. It can play music from Google Play, Spotify, and other services, control your smart home devices, provide news and weather updates, and tons more. It's right in line with the Amazon Echo, but with an obvious lean toward Google, which is perfect if you already use your Google account to its fullest. Google Home also recognizes multiple voices and accounts, so everybody can use it the way they want to.

Getting a Google Home may seem like a compromise in favor of the Android users in your household, but with Google apps available for iPhone and Google Assistant on iOS, there's no reason a Google Home shouldn't have a place in your bi-platform home.

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Sonos

Sonos is a wireless speaker system that can be as full and well-rounded as you want or as minimalist as a single speaker. Connect a single Sonos speaker to your home Wi-Fi network and it creates its own network, off of which can run up to 32 speakers. You can create an entire home theater system with the Playbar (opens in new tab), SUB (opens in new tab), and a couple Play:1s (opens in new tab), or you can enjoy music anywhere in your house with a Play:5 (opens in new tab) or Play:3 (opens in new tab) or any combination of the lot.

The best part is the Sonos Controller app is available for both iOS and Android, and it supports Google Play Music and Apple Music, so everyone can listen to their tunes and control the Sonos setup from the comfort of their own phone. Sonos also supports Spotify, Pandora, and a ton of other streaming services and radio stations.

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If you want even simpler, more portable wireless tunes, check out the Bose SoundLink III. It's one of the best-sounding Bluetooth speakers available and it can connect to iPhone or Android via Bluetooth and the Bose app (it does not support AirPlay).

This little speaker packs a hell of a punch, with warm bass tones, a present midrange, and crisp highs. I might even venture so far as to say it's the best Bluetooth speaker around (in terms of sound quality).

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Bose QC35

With your Bluetooth speaker, you might also consider grabbing a pair of Bluetooth headphones for the house. The Bose QC35 active noise-canceling headphones are the best of the best. These will connect to both Android and iPhone via Bluetooth, which is perfect for all the phones that are abandoning the headphone jack.

These over-ear headphones have a well-rounded sound and best-in-class noise cancellation. They're on the expensive side, but you can grab a pair for everyone to share so that enjoying music or videos in peace is more than doable — even when everyone's being too loud.

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Tile Mate

Losing your keys (or anything important, for that matter) is a real pain in the ass. Tile Mate is designed to eliminate the problem completely. Simply attach the Tile Mate to anything you'd rather not misplace, like your keys, and then use the handy Bluetooth app to locate it.

The Tile app is available for both Android and iPhone, making Tile Mate an ideal accessory for multi-platform households. Can't find your phone? Click the button on your Tile to make your phone ring, even when it's on silent.

If you're constantly misplacing keys, bags, or whatever, then grab Tile Mate — you can pick up a four-pack for around $70 or a single Tile for around $25.

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Photojojo magnetic lenses

With excellent cameras on both sides of the floor, a great lens is an added luxury that can take your phone photography to new heights.

Photojojo makes awesome lenses that fit on just about any iPhone or Android phone. You can change up your photos with a super fisheye lens, a wide-angle, a macro lens, fisheye, telephoto, and a polarizer. These simple magnetic lenses snap on in a jiff and away you go.

You can pick up individual lenses or pick up packs — whatever works best for you.

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And you?

Do you have Android and iPhone in the same household? Which accessories do you use to bridge the gap? Let us know in the comments below.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

4 Comments
  • Isn't that still illegal in some states? You know pretty much anything BT will work across all three mobile OSs. I've even paired my BeatsX with my Lumia 950XL (works fine BTW).. That's more interoperable than wired headset buttons and mics. There is not much that is app based/controlled that doesn't support both Android and iOS.
  • Having both iOS and Android devices means having both lightening and USB charging cables where ever you might need them, meaning EVERYWHERE! The little adapters are great but they are tiny and easy to lose. I found a cable that has the adapter attached to the cable by a little coil so it stays right where you need it. I love these things! You can't charge both phones simultaneously but it sure helps cut the cable clutter. Find them here: http://a.co/gbN3upd
  • Do you know if Google Assistant for iOS has been released in the UK yet ? Cant seem to find it on the app store
  • If searching Google Assistant doesn't come up as the first result, then it's not on there