Considering Apple spent more than six years in design and development, not to mention for the price point ($499), you'd want HomePod to sound this good. First, HomePod puts more focus on audio performance than technology-led home assistance which he state should be the "core value" of a smart speaker. Despite Apple's Music streaming service being available on Android smartphones, an Android user can't set up a HomePod. Apple has marketed the HomePod as a smart "musicologist" for the home since it was revealed at the Worldwide Developers Conference last June in San Jose. Before turning the stage over to Apple's marketing chief Phil Schiller, Cook said that the company had chose to "reinvent home music", a lofty goal indeed.
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"HomePod is a magical new music experience from Apple", stated Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing in. Siri also pulls up whatever other information on businesses and such, including opening hours and how many stars it has on Yelp. "Alexa and Google Assistant do have more features, for now, and they are definitely more advanced in their functionality".
The Apple speaker was less capable when it came to its integration of the Siri voice assistant, according to some reviews. It can't yet control iOS devices or Apple TVs, and it can't distinguish between multiple users' voices. Amazon's Alexa works with far more. Probably the most famous smart speaker is Amazon's Echo, which runs the AI assistant Alexa. You can also wake it up from across the room by saying "Hey, Siri".
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A number of features have yet to arrive before HomePod feels feature-complete.
Digital interaction is another key area of the Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home war, and again one that the Amazon device deals with particularly capably. They can form a pair that offers real stereo separation that sounded better than any of the solo speakers.
Single-user, multi-device support: HomePod should be able to act like an iPad and answer your iPhone's phone/FaceTime audio calls and texts if you authorize it to do so.
The $350 speaker, however, has quirks, like any Apple product. Android users won't be able to purchase a HomePod, take it home, and get started.
But Siri really struggles on assistant tasks. It will support multiple voice services, launching with Amazon Alexa, but will add Siri using AirPlay 2, and Google Assistant, in 2018. You shouldn't need to phrase each subsequent question in a series as if it's the first.