Saturday, 24 February, 2018

Hey Siri! Apple's HomePod Smart Speaker Makes Its Debut

Apple Home Pod Features Detailed Ahead of Launch Features Air Play Support Gesture Controls and Free Access to Apple Music One Hour With Apple's New HomePod
Guillermo Lane | 26 January, 2018, 02:29

HomePod is priced at $349 U.S., which can be seen as expensive when compared to smart speakers from Amazon and Google.

When I listened to the speaker next to Google Home Max, the latest Amazon Echo, and Sonos One, the vocals were consistently crisper and clearer on HomePod.

With the launch of the Apple HomePod just a few weeks away, it's time to revisit what we know about how to install and set up Apple's new smart speaker.

Sonos speakers are already compatible with Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Soundcloud, Amazon, and Google Play Music, as well as Amazon's Alexa assistant.

Earlier this week, Cupertino announced the Apple HomePod would finally go on sale beginning tomorrow, January 26 in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Now, in a market of smart speakers dominated both by Google and Amazon, another giant is coming to give its competitors a run for their money - if you have the luxury to buy one, at least. Voice activation is also not always realistic, so many may miss the modicum of control that a physical application offers.

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However, the HomePod is also powered by Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri, allowing users to control smart home gadgets like lights and thermostats.

With the Apple HomePod release date finally confirmed, multi-room specialiast Sonos wants you to know there's twice the value to be had with its Sonos One speaker.

Apple is touting its HomePod as a high fidelity streaming music player first, and a Siri voice assistant device second. So far, Apple's HomePod also reportedly delivers excellent audio that could even exceed the Sonos One, but we'll have to fully test it for ourselves to confirm those claims.

However, no amount of signal processing can overcome weak speakers, so while this is a nice addition, it's not going to make your audio quality substantially better.

This means your smart speaker should be able to handle your entire music library, regardless of file type.

Additionally, the report said Siri will only call out notifications, including text messages and calendar appointments, when that owner is on the same network as the HomePod.

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