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Apple Unveils the HomePod

Apple Unveils the HomePod

Amazon just unveiled a version of Echo with a camera, touch-screen display and video-calling capabilities. That means no matter where you put the speakers, they will sound great.

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That's a reasonable position given how niche the smart home market remains.

It's certainly a major paint point: A user can only access select apps pre-approved by Apple using Siri.

People went from being happy and excited to sitting in workshops and realizing, 'I can't use it.' Some went back to that attitude: Siri's always going to be dumb.

Google Home, the smart speaker with Google Assistant built in, becomes officially available and supported in Canada on June 26, for $179.

Available in black and white colors, and prices at $349, the HomePod can also be used to control home devices, check the daily weather and new briefings.

Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not.

The Google Home, meanwhile, could reasonably claim to have the best digital assistant inside.




Amazon created the smart speaker market in 2014 with the release of the Echo.

When it comes to mobile assistance, Google Now and Apple's Siri are well developed.

HomePod capped a keynote presentation that included updates to Apple's iPad and Mac laptop lines, and upgraded operating software enabling augmented reality for iPhones and iPads. Well Apple promises more than just a smart assistant speaker but a piece of equipment that can compete with Sonos and other high-quality sound boxes. However, you have to push a button to start Alexa voice conversations.

Still, the HomePod costs a bit more than numerous traditional speakers with which it wants to compete. "I'd also say the music sounded consistently vivid and crisp in a quiet space, more so than the Sonos and Amazon comparisons on-hand".

What services and apps do they work with? Noting HomePod's "premium" price, Limp points out that that you can place eight of the company's best-selling Echo Dots in a home for the same price as one new Apple speaker, at least when purchasing the Dots in a three-pack. But the ability to work with third-parties is part of what makes them most useful.

The HomePod is a 7-inch tall circular speaker with a grill mesh that runs around the entirety of the outside and a plain panel up top, which appears to show off the colours of Siri. Apple is confident enough about the product that it says the HomePod will dominate the marketplace in 2018.

Still, those users will have to wait a while to get one. You can change the temperature, turn lights on and off, play music, have a recipe read to you, and even set alarms and notifications.

What are the privacy concerns? Therefore, no surprise that design excellence is quite visible in this new smart speaker as well. "People went from being happy and excited to sitting in workshops and realizing, "I can't use it, '" Brian Roemmele, a developer who attended the conference, told the Journal". But Google and Apple don't offer a budget option at all.

Amazon was able to provide data for a murder trial because all the recordings, even though they were encrypted, are linked to individuals.


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