Apple HomePod Speaker to Compete with Amazon Echo

We do a comparison of features to find out! But the real competition between Apple, Google and Amazon in smart speakers may come down to the quality of their intelligent assistants. However, with Harman Kardon technology coming on at least two smart speakers this year and in 2018, the Invoke from Microsoft and the Lenovo Smart Assistant from the Chinese electronics giant, that doesn't make sense either. They simply use voice recognition to understand the query and respond to them by fetching information or data from the internet or connected local devices. Referring to the speakers' mechanical details like its virtual surround sound, Phil Schiller, Apple's marketing chief, said, "You don't have to know what any of that is; just know that it sounds incredible". It can also be used as a smart home hub. It uses Wi-Fi standard 802.11 to connect to your smart home devices.

The company also announced that Amazon Prime, the rival movie streaming service to Netflix, will now be available on Apple TV boxes. Echo is powered by Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa.

Analyst Geoff Blaber from CCS Insight said these updates could be vital to Apple and the HomePod's success. You'll generally be able to do the same stuff you'd do with Siri now on your phone, but via a home speaker.

Once set up, Home Pod will be able to control lights, alarms, and other products around the home.

The fourth element is the fact that Apple clearly said that they haven't unveiled all the features of the HomePod yet.

On the other hand Amazon Echo and Google Home supports nearly all smart home integrations. Unlike devices like the Echo and Google Home, audio part isn't secondary functionality. It comes three years after the unveiling of Echo, which together with Google's assistant have dominated the market for the longest. Apple plans to launch HomePod in December for $349, starting with the United States, UK, and Australia.

There are seven horn-loaded tweeters running around the bottom of the speaker, firing out. The only drawback between Siri on an iPhone and the HomePod is that you can't expect visual answers on the HomePod. Both Google and Amazon's voice control systems record a few seconds before and after you call on them - and save those recordings online until you delete them. But go tell that to Apple Fanboys, who, I am pretty sure, will buy these in big numbers! It is safe to say that HomePod is a modified and upgraded version of the iPod, which was mostly marketed to cater to the demand for portable music devices.

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