I'm not buying Apple's HomePod for two main reasons

Jan 27, 2018, 19:20
I'm not buying Apple's HomePod for two main reasons

Technically, preorders in Australia will begin on January 27, according to Apple's own website, though it seems like this could be due to the time difference, not because they'll start at a later time.

If you've got also "Hey Siri" activated on your iPhone, the devices make an educated guess as to which you're speaking to. The new Siri-controlled speaker appears to be incredibly good. Likewise, it can also be used to set timers, conduct voice calls over the speaker, check commuting times and read out the news headlines from a source of your choosing. The firm hasn't given figures on revenue and profit, though at its peak in 2014, it said it was. Sonos One does not support Alexa voice calling ● Ask Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn and SiriusXM. But even then there was still hope.

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2018 looks like that could change again.

Design is obviously important in the Apple HomePod vs Google Home vs Amazon Echo comparison.

It highlights one of the shortcomings of Apple's HomePod, least at launch, in that out of the box it lacks both the ability to form a stereo pair or do multi-room playback. While industry watchers by the thousands were talking about the Amazon Echo and Google Home at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Apple did little to evangelize its answer to an intelligent speaker.

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Today, you'll finally be able to do just that as the HomePod is now available for pre-order via Apple's website with the device expected to ship out to buyers on February 9. This is still slightly less than the Amazon Echo Plus, at $149, while the Google Home is even more expensive than the Apple HomePod, at a hefty price tag of $399. Google's equivalent, the Google Home Max, is only available in the USA, but its lower end Google Home speaker is £129. What this does is ensure you can use certain Apple services - chiefly Messages, Calendar, and Reminders - with the HomePod.

Using Apple Music with the HomePod means Siri will be able to cater to the user's music taste. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany this spring. "It brings advanced audio technologies like beam-forming tweeters, a high-excursion woofer and automatic spatial awareness, together with the entire Apple Music catalog and the latest Siri intelligence, in a simple, handsome design that is so much fun to use".

Sonos, of course, can partner with the best.

Combine voice with the Sonos app to manage all your music in one place. Unlike Apple, it also offers a range of speakers for a range of prices.

But there are still big risks on the horizon. They also cost much less. But in the world of smart speakers - which is where Apple is now competing, despite its desire to make the conversation all about music - those factors are secondary to the simple question, "How much can this thing do for me?"