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11 February, 2018, 05:40 | Author: Ron Miles
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The speaker is powered by Apple A8 chip that makes it a smarter option in the town. You need an iPhone and a $10-per-month subscription to Apple Music, the only music service it lets you control with your voice. The Echo is probably fine if you want a soundtrack for your dishwashing or showering, but sounded tinny next to the HomePod. It should also be able to hand calls and messages off to other Apple products as seamlessly as iOS and macOS devices can.

So can Siri take on Alexa?

Today marks the first time - in any country - all three home assistants are available, whether the US, Australia or other countries and no doubt the big question for many is which one? Yet even though the "HomePod" is another technological marvel, there's a chance Apple is already losing the battle. If you ask for something generic - like "Hey Siri, play a cat podcast" - you'll get whatever the closest existing podcast title there is to that request, but not some curated examples based on that theme. "I would like to see Siri do more in the Apple ecosystem so I could control things like the calendar". Will it find any success in the smart speaker landscape, where the most prized quality is being actually smart?

Smart home features are another key front in the Apple HomePod vs. Amazon Echo vs. Google Home comparison, and one of the most compelling reasons to shell out for a smart speaker.

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"By balanced, I mean evenly distributed quality sound". It is notable that the three mega-corporations have all released speaker systems, but how do they stack up against one another? That is a specific place or alignment of your body where the system sounds the best. The HomePod and Apple TV seem, at best, cousins.

Although Apple's new smart speaker is called the HomePod, businesses can use the device's intelligence and capabilities, too. There's no way to make the HomePod only access those functions when it recognizes your voice-Siri treats everyone the same.

"Siri on HomePod is not as full-featured as Siri on your Macs or iOS devices, and this was done by design". WhatsApp is supported by Siri, but beyond that very few apps are.

In my own home, I have Amazon's Echo Dot system. But you can turn off Siri by asking: "Hey Siri, stop listening".

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The Apple speaker was less capable when it came to its integration of the Siri voice assistant, according to some reviews.

Cloaked in a seamless mesh fabric that conceals a woofer, seven tweeters and other technical innards, HomePod is as easy on the eyes as it is your ears. The result is a speaker with a deep bass and rich treble that is loud enough to fill a large room with superb sound. At times, not only did HomePod respond, but so did Siri on my nearby iPhone. Boasting direct and ambient audio beamforming and a complex microphone array, the HomePod offers quite an upgrade over the standard smartphone speaker. But while Apple stores may be in short supply of the speaker, you're likely to have more luck at the many third-party retailers also offering the curvy speaker.

About 20 percent of the time I call out to the HomePod, the Siri on my Apple Watch or iPhone answers instead.

I listened to HomePod solo and also compared it to a trio of rival smart speakers: the Amazon Echo, Sonos One and Google Home Max, playing identical tracks across a roster of songs: among them, Stormy Monday by the Allman Brothers, Money by Pink Floyd, Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin, Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock, So What by Miles Davis and New Americana by Halsey. But getting the right answers matters to consumers - and at the moment it looks like Siri doesn't even understand the questions.

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