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Apple unveils HomePod to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Apple unveils HomePod to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Although both companies have yet to give an update on the issue, things are likely to change now that Amazon and Apple have come to an agreement.

Apple is taking on Google Home and the Amazon Echo with its Siri sporting HomePod smart speaker, revealed at its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017. This new breed of speaker presents a tantalizing future powered by voice, where computing is not tied to a screen. The HomePod is a compact smart speaker that's capable of doing everything you would possibly expect from a product of its class. It also responds to the iconic "Hey Siri" activation command phrase.

"We want to combine this all", he said.

The Siri face for the Apple Watch was the first step in that direction, blending users' calendar information with other useful details, like airline tickets they may have booked.

The speaker works, unsurprisingly, with Apple Music and has several speakers and a built in woofer.




But none of that is much different from what Amazon and Google speakers already offer.

There are seven horn-loaded tweeters running around the bottom of the speaker, firing out. White and Space Grey and will cost you $349, which is fair in my opinion, keeping the Apple's product prices in mind. HomePod combines Apple-engineered audio technology and advanced software to deliver the highest-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it's placed.

"Apple is smart to frame the HomePod as a music-centric and audio-centric device rather than just another smart speaker or another home for Siri", said Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson.

The new HomePod has all of the features of Siri that we know like the ability to DJ, answer questions and control a room. Users can tell HomePod that they liked a song or to play more songs like the one they're listening to. It unveiled the Apple Watch in September 2014."Though Apple appears to be playing catch up with Amazon and Google, the primary casualty here may be Sonos".

The 17cm-tall, connected home product is linked up with Apple's voice control system Siri, meaning it can carry out tasks such as sending messages, gathering news, weather and sports updates, and control other smart home devices such as lights and curtains. Apple will also have a new "do not disturb" mode for driving which will help in reducing notifications while driving so that one does not get distracted. Google and Amazon are betting that majority customers will just not care for it. According to reviewers at cnet.com, the HomePod boasts the best sound quality, but the Echo has the most functions among the three speakers.


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