Apple Homepod vs Amazon Echo vs Google Home

Apple HomePod

Apple's next big gadget is the HomePod, a miniature home speaker powered by the company's Siri voice assistant. Not only is the wireless speaker created to take on the likes of Amazon Echo and Google Home, it also seems to be going after the likes of Sonos when it comes to audio quality.

More than anything else, the company that made the iPod and iTunes wants its new speaker to be about music.

Schiller said the HomePod will be deeply integrated with the Apple Music streaming music service.

Furthermore, users will be able to use HomePod in the same way they use Siri with their smartphones, whilst also emulating functions seen in Amazon and Google's rival products, such as controlling other smart home-based products like smart light bulbs.

Perhaps one advantage of the Apple HomePod is the speakers themselves. The Amazon Echo is priced at £149.99/$179.99, with the cheaper Echo Dot available for £49.99/$49.99, while Google Home is £129/$129.

Both Apple and Google have technological expertise which can allow their intelligent home speakers to compete strongly with Amazon. Amazon recently added message and call options, so the speakers will likely be used even more for communication in the future. As a regular music speaker though, it is pretty well equipped with an in-built subwoofer for deep, clean bass tones and an array of seven beam-forming tweeter speakers that aim to offer clarity for mid and high tones as well as directional audio.

He also mentioned wireless speaker systems such as Sonos that "sound good but are not smart" and "other smart speakers" that "don't sound great". It has "spatial awareness" to detect where it's located a room and adjust the sound accordingly.

Without any unexpected delays, the HomePod will hit the market by December.

"We completely reimagined how a speaker should make music in the home". It, too, comes with a built-in speaker and voice controls through the smart assistant Google Assistant.

HomePod's voice control features are delivered using six microphones which also in support of Apple Music users can respond with "Hey Siri, I like this song", and other responses.

One was a new US$349 smart "HomePod" home speaker to 'reinvent ' home audio, which will be available in the United Kingdom and in the U.S. in December.

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